Matt Pepper, the director of Memphis Animal Services for the past year and a half, has quit. He leaves in his wake a city pound in turmoil, with one ACO facing criminal charges on multiple counts of animal cruelty, daily webcam images which appear to show needless killing and abuse, and locks on the doors to the stray area where hundreds of dogs languish without hope.
I hope, with all my heart, that the annual slaughter of thousands of healthy, friendly Memphis pets ends here. I hope the city will seize the opportunity to put in place a compassionate, innovative leader like Dr. Ellen Jefferson in Austin or Bonney Brown in Reno – someone committed to implementing the programs proven to save pets’ lives.
This is your moment Memphis. You have a choice. Please, stop the abuse. Stop the killing.