On Saturday, June 29, Memphis shelter pet advocate Jody Fisher was at MAS trying to help save lives. She saw what appeared to be a healthy, adoptable family of dogs (mama and four pups) being surrendered to the pound. When the dogs didn’t show up on the PetHarbor listings for MAS, she e-mailed the above photo in an inquiry on Monday, July 1st and learned they had all been killed. None were ever marketed for adoption. None were listed online or housed in an area accessible by the public. The only reason anyone outside MAS even knew of the 5 dogs was because Ms. Fisher photographed them through the glass.
The entire healthy, adoptable family was slaughtered while the facility was closed to the public. They never had a chance. Their records, obtained via FOIA request, can be viewed here.
On Saturday, July 6, Ms. Fisher returned to MAS to again try to save lives. She found the glass on the door to the owner surrender room had been covered with a garbage bag – the same kind MAS fills with dead pets – so no one could see the pets being surrendered. I guess that’s the punishment for asking questions and trying to save lives. Transparency, anyone?
If you can’t own it, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it MAS.