As we have seen so many times on the webcams, it’s at about this point – just before they hit the kill room door – that many dogs appear to balk. Is it the smell of death? Is it the sense of fear that grips the pets who are forced to watch each other die in a sick assembly line of killing? Is it the total lack of compassion on the part of those dragging them to their deaths? I don’t know. What I do know is that it doesn’t have to be like this.
- Memphis should immediately stop the needless killing of pets who are healthy or treatable – physically and emotionally – and implement the programs of the No Kill Equation.
- Memphis should immediately unlock the doors to the stray area so that adopters can see and touch the dogs.
- Memphis should immediately begin posting photos and info on every pet upon intake so that internet users can see, share, and help them.
- Memphis should immediately cease the use of chokepoles except in rare cases when a dog requires the appropriate use of a control pole by a trained professional in order to be moved safely.
- For those pets who are medically hopeless and suffering or dogs who have been declared vicious by a qualified party, Memphis should immediately begin providing the appropriate sedatives prior to euthanasia in order to prevent the pet from experiencing terror as his last emotion in this life.
Compassion. Common sense. Civic duty. Is it too much to ask?