On April 13, 2012, a mama dog with 6 newborn puppies allegedly bit a 4 year old child in Memphis. The police were called to the home and the owner signed all 7 dogs over to MAS. The mama dog had to be held for bite quarantine. The “review date” listed on the records of one of the pups (ID #239502) was April 22. On that date, even though the mama dog was still alive, the MAS veterinarian noted in this puppy’s records that she was too young and small to be self-sufficient. To my mind, that sounds as if the vet saw the puppy ID number come up for review and automatically made up an excuse for killing, entirely independent of actual circumstances. But apparently because no one removed the hold in the computer for the bite quarantine, the family continued to be held at the pound.
On April 27, MAS interim director James Rogers gave the owners one day to come up with $1170 in order to reclaim the dogs. Or they could just buy the mama for $263 provided she tested negative for heartworm. If she tested positive, MAS would sell her for $513. The owners did not reclaim the dogs. MAS never offered them for adoption or rescue to my knowledge.
Still, no one apparently removed the hold in the computer and so the dogs stayed in their cage, with the mama presumably not getting walked and being subjected to the infamous scientific feeding regimen at MAS. Finally on May 6 the vet removed the hold. On May 8, puppy #239502 (and I assume the rest of the family) was killed. The only life she ever knew was inside a cage at the Memphis pound. She never saw the sun, walked on the grass, or sniffed the morning air. She would have been about 6 weeks old – the age where puppies love to run and fall and get back up and do it again. The only hands which ever held her were those of people who killed her.