The cage card for dog #255016 indicates a 5 month old female Pitbull, owner surrendered to the Memphis pound on 6-1-13. The memos for the dog indicate a 1 year old female Lab mix, brought in as a stray by a Shelby Co ACO. I guess the pound is too busy killing animals to bother keeping records straight.
The dog was apparently healthy overall except for intestinal parasites which are common and easily treatable with medication. MAS vaccinated her, tested her for heartworm (she was negative) and noted she was “very friendly and wiggly”.
On June 7, MAS killed her because her time was up and they needed the space, according to the memo. Bear in mind this is a $7.2 million facility with plenty of empty cages at all times. The memo also notes that no one had requested any holds be placed upon the dog. She was never marketed for adoption by MAS to the best of my knowledge. There are no notes indicating a single rescue group or foster home was contacted by MAS in an effort to save this dog.
This dog’s records, obtained via FOIA request, are all that remains of her brief time in this life. How many more friendly, wiggly pets will be sent to the landfill on the taxpayer’s dime in Memphis? How much longer before someone takes a stand and demands that the MAS staff start doing their jobs?
If you can’t be bothered to even try to save a wiggly puppy, you have no business working in a shelter. You are worse than useless, you are an enemy to shelter pets. And the same goes for all the enablers who look the other way, toe the company line and attempt to justify the needless killing at MAS. Shame on all of you.