This dog was on the Memphis pound’s PetHarbor site for months:
In fact, she had been reclaimed by her owner on the day of impound, May 1. Obviously the records were never properly completed, leaving her to linger in the system. To make matters worse, the dog was needlessly impounded, as records obtained via FOIA request show:
Proactive redemption is one of the essential programs of the no kill equation. It saves money and pets’ lives. Basically, if an ACO can find where a loose pet lives, the pet should be RTO’d in the field. If the owner is not home, the ACO may be able to secure the dog in the owner’s yard or with a neighbor or possibly even meet the owner somewhere nearby to deliver the dog. If the ACO feels it’s appropriate to issue a citation, that can still be done but keeping pets out of the pound should be a prime directive for any ACO.
In this case, the ACO appeared determined to impound the dog, despite knowing where she lived and even having a resident at the home attempting to intervene. I would go further and opine that threatening the resident who was trying to help with a citation is a bullying tactic. This dog was impounded due to a power trip to my mind and that is an abuse of authority.
Why is MAS not just failing at proactive redemptions but actually wasting manpower impounding owned pets? They are continually killing animals because “space is needed” and because pets in the pound get coughs. Why needlessly bring in another animal when lives are at stake?