Janet Hooks, director of Public Services and Neighborhoods, recently gave local media a tour of the new pound in Memphis. I’m hoping readers might be able to shed light on a couple of things, either by chiming in with information, or asking Ms. Hooks for clarification and reporting back.
From the Commercial Appeal:
The tour included a look at the euthanasia room. There are no plans to adopt a no-kill policy at the new shelter, Hooks said.
“The cold reality is that there will be some animals that, unfortunately from a behavioral perspective or medical perspective, will have to be euthanized,” she said.
The no kill philosophy includes an allowance for true euthanasia for pets who are medically hopeless and suffering as well as vicious dogs who have been deemed a danger to society. On the face of it, it sounds as if Ms. Hooks may indeed be framing MAS in terms of no kill. So are there really “no plans” for MAS to stop the killing?
Via Action News 5:
There’s also a holding space where animals can stay in a dry compartment while workers sterilize the cages.
Can anyone verify this? I have heard conflicting information regarding this claim and in the video accompanying the article, the viewer is not shown this “dry compartment” but rather a blue door in a cage that supposedly leads there. In some facilities, the dog runs have a door at the back which leads to an outdoor kennel so the dogs can get fresh air and sunshine during the day. The door is closed at night, with the dogs inside, and during cleaning, with the dogs on the opposite side of whichever kennel is being cleaned. It doesn’t appear that the new building in Memphis was designed this way. Anyone have information?