Several announcements related to shelter pet advocacy in Memphis:
1. The hold on Calvin at MAS expires at 6:45 pm tonight. We have received offers of financial donations and a foster but are still in need of a group to pull him. Please see additional info here and here. Memphis No Kill Coalition has been trying to help Calvin too and has called for a phone campaign in an action alert on Facebook:
Please call the Mayor of Memphis and the Memphis City Council and ask for a extension for Calvin in order for rescuers to secure a Foster home:
Mayor of Memphis: (901) 576-6000
Memphis City Council (901) 576-6786
For clarification, I want to reiterate that no one has ever been charged in connection with the abuse documented on the MAS security camera footage. Many people were confused by the timing of charges and exposure of the video footage but they are unrelated. The abuse depicted on the security camera footage stands as a testament to the lack of interest from city leaders in protecting community pets.
3. The next meeting of the Memphis Adversary Board into which they will allow the unwashed masses is scheduled for tomorrow, unless they cancel it, like the cowards did last time. The meeting begins at 6pm and will be held at the Benjamin Hooks Library on 3030 Poplar in Meeting Room A. If you are a Shelby Co resident, please plan to attend and peacefully protest the abuse and killing of pets at the pound.
I will update this post throughout the day as developments occur.
Update #1: Someone went to MAS to pull Calvin but was turned away for 2 reasons: A letter from a vet was required because Calvin is HW+. And apparently no one is allowed to see Calvin unless personally escorted by Mr. Rogers and he was not there at the time. The person is not giving up. Will update as soon as I hear more.
Update #2: Adopter returned with vet letter in an attempt to get Calvin out of MAS. This time, despite Mr. Rogers stating this morning that Calvin could leave the pound with the adopter today, she was told he can not leave until she submits to a background check and a yard inspection. She’s not giving up and is still trying to get him out today.
Update #3: Calvin is outta there! I don’t know many details except the adopter is taking Calvin for an initial evaluation and, if the vet deems it appropriate, to start heartworm treatment. Anyone wanting to phone in a donation to go towards Calvin’s treatment can call Gentle Care Animal Hospital at 901-273-2273.
Update #4: Former MAS workers Archie Elliott and Frank Lightfoot will both serve time in jail for their roles in the torture of pets at MAS. Elliott got 2 years and Lightfoot got 20 days. I will write more about the sentencing in a separate post.