The DVDs of the security camera footage from February 7, 2012 at MAS, obtained via FOIA request, have arrived. There are about 150. I’m running a spot check to try and verify that there is indeed video on the discs (so far, one is a steady black screen with the words “No Video”) and I’m still trying to figure out the best way to share snippets of them on the blog. I’m posting my first attempt here but please be forewarned, it’s difficult to watch.
More to come in future but it’s going to take some time to wade through these. Besides the sheer volume, there’s also the emotional factor – that is, it’s heartbreaking to see pets abused and I’ve already had to take breaks, just during the spot-checking.
For those who choose not to watch, the clip shows a Memphis ACO dragging a terrified dog off the truck and into the pound on a chokepole. She drags the dog onto the scale, then drags him off and out of sight of the camera.
Added: This is the next pet the ACO hauls off the truck. A frightened puppy. This is sick. Seriously you guys, I don’t know if I can do this. I am going to put these away for the night and try to steel myself to come back to them tomorrow. I know these pets have no voice if not for us. That’s the only thing keeping my heart from crumbling right now.
Warning: Animal abuse.