I don’t know what it is going to take to get someone in a position of leadership in Memphis to take swift and meaningful action regarding the abuse at the pound but here’s my take: If I’m the director, the division leader or the mayor, I’m calling the police. Workers caught on tape committing acts of animal cruelty are to be prosecuted no differently than any member of the public. If I’m on the shelter advisory board, I’m convening an emergency meeting OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and allowing citizens to voice their concerns and offering reassurances that the abuse has ended with the firing of the charged employees.
The thing I’m not going to do is maintain the status quo by offering a “retraining class” to abusive employees. Animal abusers should not work with animals. Period. Showing them again how to use a chokepole is not an acceptable remedy. They should be in jail.
I’m also not going to play games on Facebook by deleting legitimate questions from caring rescuers posted on my page. Not only is that childish, it’s insulting. And it does nothing to reassure the public that you are taking the abuse seriously.
A reader sent me this grab of a question posed by a Memphis rescuer (Villy) on the “Friends” of MAS FB page. The question is directed at Jeanne Chancellor since she is the head of the “Friends” group and a member of the shelter advisory board. I think the same question could and should be put to every member of the advisory board. The question was apparently deleted by Jeanne Chancellor. So it is preserved here because I think it deserves an answer:
Shelter advisory board members – are you taking the video evidence of abuse seriously? Are you holding an emergency public meeting and making the abuse at the pound the only item on the agenda? Are you willing to listen to the concerns of caring citizens and take appropriate action to protect the community’s pets?