The Memphis Rotary Club’s evaluation of Memphis Animal Services is available online. Read it and weep. The interviews with various members of management were conducted in August, while Matt Pepper was still director and the webcams were still in place.
I’m providing a summary in my own words below but please read the original document if you feel so inclined.
Everyone in management wanted the webcams removed immediately. The public gets motivated to action when they see animal abuse on the webcams and of course what people think they see is not what they are really seeing.
The new facility falls short of expectations as far as improvements in cleaning protocols or ability to house more pets. But it’s nobody’s fault and everyone made sure to pass the buck on that.
The “Friends” group of vols are swell but some other
terrorists vols only want to share pictures on the internet of dogs locked in the stray area and they should go to jail.
The previous advisory board was a useless bunch of yahoos who incited
terrorists advocates to rabble rouse and it’s good they’re gone. The current advisory board is headed by the department division head’s personal vet and he’s a peach.
Dogs and supplies are being sold out the back door at MAS.
It’s too much work to account for all the missing animals at MAS. They’ve accounted for some, so give it a rest already.
And then there’s this gem:
The employees at every level, while not willing to say so on the record, will readily volunteer that there has been a relationship between certain individuals and the illicit dog fighting rings in the Community. This is particularly true where those who are perceived to be in a protected status are concerned.
Oh. Oh dear.
Notably absent from the interviews is someone, anyone taking responsibility for the abuse, needless killing, dogfighting activities and theft occurring at MAS. Not one person. As such, I guess it’s up to the
terrorists compassionate public to once again use their voice to demand reform.
So get on the phone, fax and e-mail and rouse some rabble!