As regular readers know, I posted countless webcam images of abuse and needless killing at MAS on this blog until the city shut the webcams off. Despite their lack of action to initiate meaningful reform at MAS, Memphis city leaders did reassure the public that there were 48 security cameras in place at the pound and those cameras would be monitored by the police department. As of today, no one at MAS has been arrested for animal cruelty based upon the security camera footage being monitored at the Memphis police department, even though I have posted what appears to be animal cruelty at the hands of MAS workers caught by those same security cameras.
In fact, the response from city leaders has been underwhelming. The mayor has not called a press conference to even threaten prosecution for documented acts of animal cruelty by city employees. Neither he nor the other city leaders in charge of MAS have so much as issued a statement, a cross look or a sneeze. The abuse at MAS stands, as it always has. But the city did manage to send out a flyer promoting a “Yappy Hour” adoption special at MAS. Normally, I am all kinds of supportive about shelters promoting adoptions and offering discounts but seriously – this is the city’s response? They’ve got employees abusing pets at the pound and they send out a cutesy flyer with Snoopy on it, offering a limited-time discount to adopters? I guess the thing I had in mind involved more handcuffs and police cars, less cartoon characters. But if this is what Memphis is going with, I think the flyer should at least be corrected to reflect how Snoopy would be treated if he ever actually did end up at MAS. And so, thanks to an anonymous graphic designer who loves pets and hates pet abuse, I offer the corrected version of what the city should be sending out about this event: