This is a letter I sent out to a few media folks just now. Anyone is free to copy or modify it (or you can create your own of course) and send it to anyone in the media you think might be interested in covering the abuse of pets at MAS.
Yesterday Memphis Animal Services photographed a mama dog who was attempting to care for a dead puppy in her cage and posted the photo on the PetHarbor website. I posted it on the blog and MAS deleted the photo, replacing it with a different photo of the mama dog and another of the puppy, alive. A short time later, they deleted the live puppy photo. A reader called the Memphis police to report animal cruelty and the police blew her off, telling her that someone had likely manipulated the photo online. The photo was not manipulated in any way and a large number of people saw it on the MAS PetHarbor site before it was removed. Another reader called MAS today and got confirmation that the puppy had died in the cage.
The mama dog is still online at PetHarbor, although under a different ID# than when they posted her originally. It is definitely the same dog. She has twine wrapped around her neck in both photos. I’m concerned about assigning two different ID #s to the same dog, the fact that no one knows why the puppy died or if there were others in the litter (MAS should know this information) and most significantly, that someone there stood two feet from a mama dog trying to care for a dead puppy and photographed them and posted it on the internet. Then it appears as if MAS tried to cover the whole thing up by deleting photos and replacing them.
In addition, I have another post that I believe also clearly documents animal cruelty at the hands of MAS – this one involving an injured cat.
These two cases, combined with the abysmal numbers coming out of the pound is something I hope you will consider reporting on for your viewers/readers. Please let me know if I can help.