Via FOIA requests, I have updates on some of the pets at Memphis Animal Services (MAS) that have been featured on the blog or shared on the YesBiscuit! Facebook page.
When I saw this photo on PetHarbor, I wondered what chance this puppy would have at adoption or rescue since no one could see his face, let alone fall in love with him. As it turns out, this photo was in fact his only chance since MAS kept him locked away from the public and then killed him. Impounded as a stray on June 16, 2012 and killed on June 25. Oh and yeah, MAS did have a better photo of the puppy, as seen on the records – they just chose not to post it. You know, why bother? Because irresponsible public and stuff.
You might remember this baby’s paw from the MAS PetHarbor photo:
He was impounded as a stray on May 23, 2012 and killed on May 29:
Note the reference to “failing to thrive” which is a term used to describe a neonate who does not gain weight or otherwise seems to be fading in comparison to his littermates. Apparently the vet deemed this pup’s entire litter (ID numbers 241195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200 and 201) as “failing to thrive” which is highly unusual, especially considering that 4 week old puppies are able to eat on their own (if anyone is feeding them, that is). I turned to the vet records for more info on this troubling diagnosis only to find more disturbing notes:
“No fosters available” would imply that a reasonable search for fosters was conducted and came up empty. In other words, that MAS searched its own database of foster homes, issued a plea to everyone on its rescue mailing list for fosters, contacted the media with a plea and posted the plea on its website, social media sites, etc. but no one answered. To the best of my knowledge, this did not happen. The search for fosters consisted of nothing more than killing the puppies.
Also troublesome is a note in this puppy’s records dated 2010 and referring to Matthew Pepper, then director of the pound. When the public records officer, Chandell Ryan, was asked about this entry, she replied via e-mail, “I advised that my only role is to supply records and that I would verify whether the complete notes were supplied. All notes were supplied.” I take it that’s fancy city lawyer-speak for “Frell if I know. Leave me alone.”
Remember the poor dog they left wearing a padlock?
She was impounded as a stray on June 29, 2012 and killed for “space” as soon as her review date came up on July 6. MAS was “unable to scan” her for a microchip but who cares? She probably put that padlock on herself and never had any owner anyway.
I do have one non-horrifying update, courtesy of the so-called irresponsible public, regarding former Shelter Pet of the Day, Paddington. He was adopted after being pulled by a rescue group from the pound! Here are a couple of photos of him, courtesy of his new family: