As promised, another installment featuring records for some of the pets needlessly killed by the Memphis pound during the week of December 5 – December 12, 2012. A dog named Tigger was impounded on November 20, 2012 by MAS and his cage card says “Quarantine/Bite”. The city provided no records indicating that this dog bit anyone. Although the impounding ACO’s notes were requested, none were provided so presumably either the officer failed to make any notes or the city failed to provide the requested records.
Tigger’s owner obviously wanted him back and there are notes documenting this. The owner was told it would cost him $468 to reclaim his pet after the quarantine hold expired on November 30. Apparently finances were an issue and the owner requested additional time, until December 4, to come up with the money. On December 4, there is a note stating that the owner called and said he would not be reclaiming Tigger because he didn’t want him neutered. I have no idea if the owner was being truthful or if he was attempting to hide any shame he felt over not being able to come up with the $468 ransom. In any case, there are no notes to indicate MAS offered the owner any options – no option for vasectomy in lieu of neuter surgery, no option for having the dog neutered at his own vet, no option for a payment plan so Tigger could go home.
The only option Tigger was offered was the kill room. MAS killed him on December 10. He was apparently healthy at the time of killing.
Grace was surrendered to MAS on Saturday, December 8. She was a healthy, 10 month old black Lab who was already spayed. MAS determined she was heartworm negative on December 8. A rescuer was immediately interested in Grace and requested to pull her on the day she was surrendered. But it was a Saturday and you know, who wants to do paperwork on a Saturday? Grace’s records indicate Glenn Andrews told the rescuer to come back on Tuesday. Grace was killed on December 12 because there was “no note in computer to hold”. Oops.
Gee, if only someone at MAS had been willing to do their job and send Grace out the front door with the rescuer who wanted her on Saturday. Or, if only someone had been willing to do their job to at least place a hold on the dog so she didn’t get routed to the default disposition at MAS. Failing both of these tasks, one would hope that someone, ANYONE at MAS would be willing to do their job and market a healthy, spayed black Lab for adoption, rescue or foster. That’s money in the bank, right? But doing their jobs is clearly not on the agenda at MAS. So Grace went out the back door in a garbage bag, like most of the other pets at MAS.
But remember, don’t criticize. Nobody wants to kill pets.