The minutes from the last Memphis Animal Services Advisory Board meeting before the pound was raided by sheriff’s deputies in October 2009 can be found here. From that meeting:
Janet [Hooks] said that the Shelter receives many complaints and the Advisory Board needs to focus on solutions, not complaints. Michelle [Buckalew] related that there are three problem areas that continually surface: (1) inhumane treatment of animals, (2) poor attitude of employees, and (3) lack of accountability. Further, for our Director and Administration to succeed we need good policy and procedures in place. These issues have remained unresolved over the past year and that is why they continue to be on the Board’s agenda.
So, one police raid, one new director and nearly two years later – how is MAS doing with regard to these unresolved issues? Do you see major improvements, no improvements, or is MAS worse than ever?
The issue of accountability raised at the 2009 advisory board meeting is ironic considering that the current board’s very first order of business once installed this June was to shut out the public. And of course any evidence of inhumane treatment and poor employee attitudes via the MAS webcams is next on the chopping block.
Memphis, please – stop the killing.