Victoria Henry’s beloved dog Nola was impounded by the Memphis pound on May 3 and hasn’t been seen since. What has anyone at MAS done to help find Nola?
Someone finally deleted her listing off the PetHarbor website. Other than that, I don’t know what has been done. The ACO who impounded Nola and made the error on the intake date didn’t do his/her job and failed to contact Ms. Henry based upon the microchip information. The supervisor who Ms. Henry talked to regarding Nola’s disappearance didn’t do his job and failed to view the security camera footage as he promised, instead allowing it to be overwritten. The person who denied Ms. Henry’s request for Nola’s records, forcing her to file a FOIA request, merely acted to obstruct in my view. I don’t know what other possible explanation there could be.
The city promised – at the last shelter advisory board meeting open to the public – to get a camera for the kill room at MAS since staff had been abusing animals in that room. But the city failed to follow through on that promise and now no one can confirm whether Nola was killed in that room. At that same meeting, the city also pledged to bring the security camera system up to the previously promised standard of retaining video data for 30 days. Had the city followed though on this, the evidence of what really happened to Nola could have been examined.
Interim director James Rogers says in essence that he is powerless to give direction to the MAS employees and that the police might have better luck getting answers out of them. Remember when Mayor Wharton said the attorney general’s office would subpoena testimony from employees regarding the alleged dogfighting connections at MAS? Good times. (Dang, I need a new category for the blog. What’s the superlative of HellaLame?)
As usual, it’s up to regular citizens – the irresponsible public, as MAS is so fond of calling them – to roll up their sleeves and step into the muck MAS has left behind. Here’s how people are getting involved:
- Where’s Nola? – group on Facebook for sharing information
- Nola’s Volunteers – group on FB for anyone willing to pass out flyers, conduct searches, etc (closed group, need to request membership from admin)
- Memphis area residents can attend tonight’s public meeting of the shelter advisory board at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library located at 3030 Poplar Avenue, 38111 in meeting room A from 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM.