This plea was forwarded to me this afternoon:
From: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:06 AM
Subject: Aussie/pit mix in great need – 248891
Dr. Coleman has asked for an emergency rescue for this dog. She is a Aussie/Pit mix with 8 pups and is about 2 yrs. old. She is extremely sweet and loving. She came into the shelter on 11/27/12 as a stray with an injury. She is HW-, but her left rear leg is in need of an amputation. She apparently had a rubber band or something like that around her leg. It is necrotic and beginning to smell. I know it is very short notice but we need to have an answer today about this dog. If you can’t help mom, could you help the pups? Please let me know ASAP. Thank you in advance for all your help.
Sr. Animal Care Technician/Volunteer Coordinator
Memphis Animal Services
The apparently dog came in to MAS with an injured leg yesterday. She appears to have a litter of newborn pups whom she is caring for. Her leg is in such bad shape that the tissue is dead, it stinks and can not be saved. MAS with its “cutting edge” vet clinic the city likes to brag about in its new $7.2 million facility isn’t helping her. But if no member of the irresponsible public steps up by 5:00 to get the vet care MAS refuses to provide for mama, it sounds like they’ll kill her and her pups. Alternatively, it sounds like they’ll kill mama and let someone bottle feed her pups if requested.
Last I heard, MAS was seeking AAHA accreditation for the vet clinic in an effort to reassure the public that pets were being cared for at the pound. I hope people will make sure AAHA is aware of the pound’s refusal to treat this poor mama dog. It’s not because the MAS vets don’t know how to amputate legs - they’ve done it before. But that was then, I guess. Now=mama dog with her leg rotting off, left in a cage with her 8 newborn pups, but only until 5 o’clock. It’s starting to smell.
Monsters. Fire them all. This is not a shelter. It is a pet slaughterhouse.