Remember when concerned citizens asked about the staggering number of pets listed as “missing” at MAS and were told they were largely attributable to simple data entry errors? Well if you liked that answer, have I got a treat for you!
In July and August this year, MAS killed 592 dogs without listing any reason (e.g. space) for their killings. When Action News 5 asked about it, the city explained it was a “data entry issue”.
The station also reports that MAS, chronically behind in its service calls, is currently 1300 calls behind for things such as bites and cruelty reports. The city has an explanation for that too: data entry issues.
About this time last year, the media reported that ACO logs showed they were taking just a few calls per day with several unproductive hours every day. It would seem little has changed:
“Officer Activity Reports” appear to show some officers not getting in the field until an hour after their start time and coming back to the shelter two hours before they are off.
“I’m not sure what they were doing in this time period,” said Little. “Just looking at the log, without having some key to those codes.”
Action News 5 calculated nearly 20 hours unaccounted for in the logs at the start and end of an animal officer’s shift in just a 12-day period.
The city says the hours the ACOs are not out on calls each day are spent working at the pound. For now, taxpayers can view the ACOs “working”, as in the above cap, via the webcams. Soon though, the “working” (or “getting worked over”, if you look at it from the pet’s point of view) will not be visible to the public since the city is killing the webcams at the new building.
Data entry issues, the killing of 592 dogs without providing any reasons, 1300 service calls behind, no transparency to the public via the webcams – and it’s all paid for courtesy of Memphis taxpayers.