Did these puppies suffer on the Memphis ACO trucks?
April 21, 2012
Many of the photos posted on PetHarbor by MAS show the animals still on the ACO trucks. Despite the obvious facts that this is hardly the setting or the time to get a quality photo of a pet, there appear to be more serious issues involved.
This puppy, listed as 2 months old by MAS, appears to have been transported on a no-traction floor surface with a length of heavy chain. If this photo is accurate (and I have no reason to believe it isn’t), that would mean the puppy slid around on the floor of this cage for whatever period of time he was on the ACO truck, possibly hours, with a heavy chain battering him. If that is what happened, I think the best possible scenario is criminal neglect, assuming the ACO responsible placed the puppy and the chain in the stainless steel cage together out of ignorance that cage contents shift during transport. At worst, the puppy was harmed intentionally by the ACO, who knew that cage contents shift during transport and that the floor provided no traction. Whatever the case, I expect no action of any kind from interim director James Rogers or anyone else affiliated with MAS. They don’t care.
The puppy below is no longer listed on PetHarbor but at the time I saw him he was listed as 11 days old. He is pictured in a cage on the ACO truck with a grate flooring. An 11 day old puppy would have no ability to avoid being rolled around like a soda can during transport for whatever length of time he was on the truck, possibly hours. The only thing that would stop him would be if a limb were to get caught in the grate, in which case his suffering would be different, but still present. There is simply no excuse for transporting an 11 day old puppy in a regular box on the ACO truck, even if he was impounded with a littermate and/or a mama dog. There have been numerous FOIA requests filed with the city for the impounding ACO’s notes on this puppy but they have all been ignored.
My first thought upon seeing his photo was that the pup was either dead or in the final stages of life. As a breeder, I have suffered the heartbreak of finding a newborn pup whom mama has accidentally fallen asleep on and suffocated. This is what dead/dying pups look like. This is not a photo of a normal resting position for an 11 day old puppy. Regardless of whether the ACO was simply criminally negligent or intentionally brought harm to this pup, I expect interim director James Rogers and other city leaders to do nothing. No one affiliated with MAS cares.
MAS records indicate this puppy was to go to foster care. I question whether this pup is still alive. Numerous FOIA requests have been filed with the city for foster care info on this pup but they have all been ignored.