On January 10, Memphis Animal Services responded to a police department request for assistance with a loose dog. The ACO knew who the owner was and apparently spoke with him/her. The owner advised that the residence had no phone. MAS issued a citation to the owner and impounded the dog.
MAS listed the dog as “stray” and entered a note on the cage card advising that the dog had an owner.
MAS placed a a “review date” on the dog of January 16. In between the date of impound and the review date, there are no notes indicating any attempt was made to return the dog to the owner. No return visit to the owner’s residence, no letter, no attempt of any kind was made to communicate with the owner about the dog according to the records. The only notes indicate the dog was bright, alert, responsive and had a good appetite on January 11 and that she was vaccinated and dewormed on January 13. Memphis Pets Alive photographed this pet on January 14 and posted her on the group’s Facebook page:
On this pet’s review date, the day MAS could officially offer her for adoption to the public, they killed her.
Did the ACO think taking this dog away from her owner and putting her into the Memphis pet slaughterhouse was the best course of action?
Did the owner, who apparently can not afford a phone, have any means of paying the fine issued by MAS in addition to the outrageous impound fees?
Why did no one at MAS make any attempt to return this pet to her owner or even communicate with the owner to see if he/she had the ability to care for the dog?
Why did MAS refuse to offer this young dog to the public for adoption, rescue or foster – even for one week, one day or one hour?
Why did MAS take this apparently healthy, friendly pet to the kill room the minute her hold expired and she was eligible for disposal?
How many more, Memphis?
Nobody WANTS to kill animals? Shyeah.