“What are they supposed to do?”
March 9, 2012
When I first started seeing the cruel treatment of pets by MAS workers on the security camera footage, I wondered how it could be that the police have been watching these cameras for months without making any arrests. I thought it was possible that perhaps no one had really been watching the cameras. I assumed that after posting the cruel treatment of pets online, action would be taken. But in fact, not only has no action been taken, no one in the police department, the mayor’s office or the departments overseeing the shelter have acknowledged the footage exists, let alone that it depicts city employees inflicting violence upon pets. Bear in mind that this footage is from one day at MAS – a 12 hour period. It is reasonable to assume that if 12 hours worth of footage from one random day at MAS reveals animal abuse, certainly several months worth of footage likely documents extensive animal abuse. Further, there are no city employees on the videos who appear to be reacting in any way, shape or form to what is being done to the pets as they pass by. This indicates to me that the abuse is business as usual at MAS.
I felt confident in choosing a day at random to view footage from based upon what was evident on the public webcams for as long as they were live: there is a culture of abuse at MAS and the overwhelming majority of people there either actively participate in hurting animals or enable the behavior by keeping silent and defending the abusers publicly. I was not surprised that the footage revealed cruelty, although I was sickened to see it. What did surprise me was the deafening silence from the killing apologists in Memphis in response to the images being published on the web.
Several readers have contacted me privately, asking me for suggestions on how to help the pets at MAS in light of the video footage. After realizing that the authorities were not responding to the evidence of abuse, I suggested to a few people that they try calling the police and asking how to get an investigation opened. Today, I heard from someone who made that phone call. I am sharing the caller’s e-mail here because I think it may shed light on how it has come to be that no charges have been filed based upon MPD’s monitoring of the security cameras for these last several months:
Just spoke with a Sgt at MPD – I asked him how I go about opening up an investigation regarding Animal Cruelty’/Abuse at MAS from videos…he asked if the dogs were shot/starved/stabbed – I told him about the puppy who had his paw slammed 4 times with metal door….told him about dogs dragged and lifted with chokepole….he asked “so, what are they supposed to do when the dog doesn’t budge? Pick him up so they get bit? ..I explained that there was a tiny puppy – didn’t have teeth to bite anyone and was suspended in mid air with choke pole for starters. He told me I had to file a report to generate an investigation – I asked how do I go about doing that….told me to call 545-cops…..and then I have to fill out paperwork – I asked if I could go to the precinct under MAS jurisdiction – he said fine… He then asked me if I heard about their undercover investigation…
So in summary, the only crimes against pets the Memphis PD are apparently interested in hearing about are shootings, stabbings and starvation. Oh and did ya see us on TV?! Placing a metal noose around a dog’s neck and dragging him across the concrete straight into a wall so he smashes his head does not qualify. Hanging a puppy by the neck – and mind you, we have no way of knowing if the hanged puppy in the video survived the abuse – does not qualify. And treating animals cruelly on their way to the kill room doesn’t qualify either – unless it’s witnessed by an undercover officer as part of the mayor’s political ploy to placate naysayers, I guess.
Well, at least we know where we stand. The mayor and his political cronies don’t care. The Memphis PD doesn’t care. The state AG doesn’t care. The new interim director is going to have a chokepole retraining class which will do nothing to eradicate the culture of cruelty that exists at the pound. Lest we forget, these people all knew they were being filmed and watched by MPD. This is how they treat animals when they know the police and potentially the public is watching. God forbid we have to read in the indictments about how they treat pets when they think no one is watching – such as in the kill room where it’s Anything Goes in the Land of Pain and Death.
I am outraged. I imagine others are too. If the city officials think ignoring us will make us go away, they haven’t been paying attention. I am not going anywhere. I will call you people out for your dishonesty, lack of integrity and betrayal week in and week out. Month after month. Year after year. As long as there are pets being hurt and needlessly killed at MAS, I will be a thorn in your side. I will remind the public at every opportunity of the abuse and cruelty you condone and enable at your disgrace of a shelter.
NOT INDICTED, STILL WORKING AT MAS:
NOT INDICTED, STILL WORKING AT MAS: