This clip shows a room of puppies and/or small breed adult dogs in stainless steel cages (hard to tell for certain due to the camera angle). Unlike the large dog kennels, the stainless steel cages do not have the auto waterers as far as I know so water must be provided by staff. If you started watching the video before reading my description, you are probably wondering why I would show you 2 minutes of a lady who does not interact with the dogs in any way except to scan the bar codes on their cage cards. The reason is that this is the only “attention” these dogs got from 2pm to 7pm on May 22. A few minutes after she leaves, the lights are turned out in the room (shown at end of clip) and they are not turned back on, nor does anyone come in, for the remainder of the footage. No dog in this room was walked, fed, watered or had his cage cleaned from 2pm to 7pm on May 22. They were in the dark from 2:10 pm onward.
This is neglect in my opinion and, depending on what the footage from the first part of the day shows (which I don’t have), it may rise to the level of cruelty. It’s important to note that the Memphis pound closed at 7pm that night and did not re-open to the public until 11am the next morning. To my knowledge, there are no cleaning/feeding crews working overnight. I hope the city will investigate. MAS is supposed to be protecting these dogs from neglect and cruelty, not inflicting it upon them. And let’s not forget there is a pattern here and the city can not brush it off as an isolated incident or a few bad apples.
I’m taking a break after this one. The discs are just too sad to watch all in a row. Reader Casey is helping me by watching a bunch of the videos from the “compromised” FOIA request for comparison. Will keep everyone posted.