The clips in this post, like all those featured these past several days, are from security cameras at the Memphis pound, obtained via FOIA request. The footage spans a 12 hour period on a single day in February. The images range from just plain sad to disturbing and reflect a long standing culture of neglect and abuse at MAS where 3 out of every 4 pets are killed. The city assures us that these security cameras have been monitored for many months at the police department and yet, no one has been arrested for animal cruelty. In fact, no meaningful action has been taken by the city in response to these documented acts of animal cruelty by city employees. The abuse at MAS stands, as it always has, and as it always will until someone takes action.
We’ve already tried writing to the mayor and city leaders with our concerns. No action. We’ve asked the state attorney general to investigate. No action. Can we ask the grand jury to investigate? How do we go about it? Any other ideas?
The first video is comprised of snippets from a few hours of MAS security camera footage from this hallway. Knowing that most pets do not leave MAS alive, I wanted to capture images of some of the dogs who passed through. The first dog is dropping feces while the worker is pulling him along. The second dog is limping but still looks happy to be out of the cage. I hate to think where he was probably going. The next couple dogs look so scared to me. I just want to reach out and give them a reassuring pat. All they got was a chokepole. The last dog resisted to the best of his ability.
The dog in this clip is petrified. He could use a patient human and a kind word. He gets the chokepole.
It hurts to see dogs treated this way, especially by our public servants who are paid to protect pets from harm.
If anyone knows if any of these dogs are still alive at MAS, please let me know. I would like to help.