Dog # 244158 was an 8 week old puppy impounded by Memphis Animal Services (MAS) as a stray on July 24, 2012. Her photo was never posted on PetHarbor or anywhere else. She was never housed in an area where anyone but staff could see her. Her review date was July 28. On that day, with no one but MAS staff ever knowing she was at the pound, they killed her and threw her little 9 pound body in the trash.
Repeat the same tragic story for this puppy, called Casey:
And for this 8 pound German Shepherd puppy:
Same for this adult Lab mix:
These dogs never had a chance. There was little hope of any owners finding them, they were never offered for adoption and no volunteer or staff member at the pound ever advocated for their right to live. They were plucked from life by the cruel talons of MAS, locked in the equivalent of a dog dungeon where they languished for days before ultimately being dropped on to the kill table. They didn’t get walked or played with and based on available evidence, it is questionable whether they were even fed.
These apparently healthy, friendly dogs were all killed for “space” in a $7.2 million facility full of empty cages. If not for FOIA requests, no one would have even known these dogs existed, except for those responsible for their deaths.
How many more, Memphis?