A caring member of the public inquired about this puppy on the “Friends” of MAS FB page and was told the pup “did not make it to the adoption area”. Further inquiries seeking explanation remain unanswered as of this post. While I do not know the ID number of this pup or have access to his records, I understand that the hundreds of dogs kept in the stray area at MAS have very little hope of survival.
Because MAS wants it that way.
The city does not allow the public in to see and touch the stray dogs, like this puppy, so adopters can fall in love with them. The city does not list the stray dogs, like this puppy, online so that people can network them. The city selects a tiny percentage for the special “adoption area” and kills the rest of the stray dogs, like this puppy, without ever giving them the slightest chance of adoption.
So let’s not sugar-coat it with pretty words: the stray dogs, like this puppy, who do not “make it to the adoption area” at MAS are doomed to die at the hands of those paid to protect them from harm. They are not “put to sleep”. They do not “go to play at the rainbow bridge”. They are not “euthanized”. They are tied to the wall in the kill room and forced to watch other pets die before it’s their turn at the needle. Then they are tossed in the dumpster and taken to the landfill.
Many of the dogs in the stray area, such as this puppy, are dragged to the kill room on a chokepole. The suffer and die in anonymity, because the city orchestrates it that way. The only way we even know these pets ever lived is because of the webcams, which the city is now planning to remove.
Who are they really protecting by taking away the public’s only view into the stray area at MAS?
This poor puppy, who was beaten with a bat but who still wanted a person to hold his hand, was better off on the streets than at the pound. The cruel people who hurt this puppy are evil, no doubt, but they left him alive. The city workers at MAS did not. The bat wielding asshats left the puppy with hope of finding a loving owner. The city workers at MAS did not. Now this puppy has no hope of ever holding hands with a compassionate person. And all the city can come up with is removing the webcams.
Shame, Memphis. Shame.
Added: A reader sent me this grab from October 28. It looks like this could be the same pup, being taken to the kill room: