Debunked: Memphis Shelter Advisory Board Meeting
March 15, 2012
See one attendee’s notes here.
Three squad cars dispatched to the Adversary Board meeting. Calling all cars! Taxpayers who give a thumbs down to hanging puppies on chokepoles participating in local government!
Remember how we used to hear that the shelter staff suffered from compassion fatigue and they needed special classes to cope? Now they’re shocked, shocked I tell you, that three co-workers got arrested for doing what the staff sees them do every working day of every month of every year. Counselors on standby. Gee, is there any comfort being offered to the pets at MAS – the ones being hurt by the employees before being killed? I don’t expect the city to go all out and bring in counselors but maybe, I don’t know – a brochure? A Hallmark card? Sorry you got your head smashed on a wall. Now we’re going to kill you.
Mr. Rogers says his only pet was run down by a car when he was a kid. Because he says, that’s what happens when you own pets and live in the city. But we should believe he sees value in the pets at MAS and will protect them from the workers?
It sounds as if there will be an infinite loop of train, test and fail for workers who don’t score high enough on the test Mr. Rogers provides. This is not reform. This is you’ll-keep-taking-this-test-until-you-achieve-the-desired-score-dammit! A capuchin monkey could be “trained” in this same manner, possibly with a better outcome for the pets at MAS.
Compassion is not something that can be trained into a person or measured by a test score. Compassion is pass/fail. And the workers at MAS, along with those who have enabled the abuse and killing all these years, have gotten a fail on compassion. Time to quit making excuses and clean house.
Census as of last night was reported as 250 animals. Really? Because at the end of February there were 515 animals on hand per MAS records. So where are the other 265 animals – missing? Lost? Record keeping screw up of epic proportion?
Kill rate for January and February reported as 52%. False. Obtained via FOIA request, the January 2012 stats indicate 950 pets taken in, 173 adopted, 21 died in cage, 2 escaped (lucky critters), and 658 killed. Number of animals on hand as of January 31, 2012: 528. The February 2012 stats indicate 974 pets taken in, 10 died in cage, 621 killed and 69 “other” (no idea what this means – anyone?). Setting aside the mystery “other” category, the kill rate for January and February at MAS was 68%.
“If what you’ve been taught is wrong” does not apply to animal cruelty. Unless the city contends that animal abusers taught other animal abusers how to hurt pets at MAS, no one was “taught wrong”. Animal abusers have no place in shelters. Period.
Not surprising that the Adversary Board refused to take up the conversation regarding a ban on chokepoles. After all, it’s the only tool in the toolbox at MAS.
As far as certified kill techs, cameras and vets in the kill room go, I have an alternative solution: Stop the killing. If Memphis would implement the programs of the No Kill Equation, it could save most every pet in its care. For the very few pets who require true euthanasia to end suffering when a vet has diagnosed them as medically hopeless, MAS wouldn’t need even one full time person to perform this duty as it would be performed sparsely. Those trained in euthanasia should primarily be working on saving pets, stopping only occasionally to perform euthanasia when needed. Problem solved.