When reader Tammy saw the dog in the above photo, she generously offered to adopt him. Others also felt moved to try and help the dog and multiple inquiries were made, including to Chelton Beamon and Glenn Andrews (MAS management), Tracy Dunlap (MAS rescue liaison), city officials and the “Friends” of MAS group. Every offer to help this dog has been ignored and the “Friends” have gone one further by deleting all inquiries regarding the dog from their FB page. When a pound is killing 3 out of every 4 pets that come through its doors, one might think someone there would jump at the chance to get a pet out alive. Apparently not. Shame.
I originally posted this series of grabs because I wanted to know what happened to this dog. I know what it looks like happened to him – that he was dragged by a noose around the neck, terrified and screaming and pissing himself, to his death at the hands of those paid to protect him from harm. But I had hoped that was not the case. We are so often told by those who defend the abuse and killing at MAS that we misinterpret what we see on the webcams. And yet, we have never once been provided any evidence that we have misinterpreted anything. Cats being hung by the neck, starved dogs left to suffer in cages, negligent practices resulting in dog fights, puppies in a garbage can… Killing apologists have attempted to deny all of it but never provided one iota of evidence. Shame.
Even if MAS killed this dog before they ever received an offer to save him from a compassionate member of the public, I believe they have an obligation to respond to the inquiries. If someone truly interested in saving pets’ lives at a pet killing facility receives an offer from someone to save a pet, I’d think they’d do any reasonable thing in their power to make that happen. If it was too late to save the dog, they should let the person know the truth and then offer some alternatives such as adopting another dog in the pound or even suggesting adoption from another shelter. Under no circumstances should the offer of help be ignored (or deleted!) because hiding the truth is what guilty people do. And if you can’t own it, you probably shouldn’t be doing it. Shame.
If you are a TN resident, please file an Open Records request for the MAS records on this dog as well as the MAS security camera footage showing “Main Area Canine 2″ for October 13 for the one minute period from 1445 to 1446. By law, they can’t ignore your request. This dog deserved so much more. He will get something, even if he is dead. He will get something from those who cared about him. His fate will not be ignored, deleted or swept under the rug. The truth will out. Even in Memphis.