ABC 24 in Memphis reports that a cruelty complaint prompted ACO David Johnson to visit a home last week where he found starving dogs, including a mama with pups. The dogs were reportedly chained without food or water and were clearly emaciated. ACO Johnson had the authority to seize the dogs and get them the food, water and care they needed at the pound. Instead, he left a notice to comply on the owner’s door and drove away. Three days later, the starving mama dog ate one of her pups.
There is no mention in the piece regarding the current whereabouts of the dogs. If anyone knows, please share.
As I’ve said numerous times, there is a culture of neglect at the Memphis pound. The staff allows pets to suffer and the volunteers keep quiet. Is everyone there so immersed in this culture of apathy that they truly can’t recognize animal cruelty when they see it? Or is it just laziness that keeps them from doing their jobs? Instead of addressing the real problems, the city chooses to provide compassion fatigue counseling for employees due to the astonishing number of pets they kill at work.
Fire. Them. All.