On Saturday November 2, 2013, Memphis Animal Services impounded 3 Pitbulls estimated to be 12 months, 7 months and under 6 months of age respectively. MAS is closed on Sundays and Mondays. On Tuesday, November 5, the owner of the 3 dogs came to the pound to reclaim his pets. MAS advised the owner that it would cost him $363 for each of the dogs over the age of 6 months and $163 for the puppy who was less than 6 months old. This would be a total of $889 to get back his 3 pets that he came promptly to reclaim. How many of you could come up with this kind of cash? I could not. The owner paid the ransom for the least expensive dog and signed a surrender form for the other two, who were both apparently healthy according to pound records. MAS killed them both. Their names were Beauty and Rocko.
This was a case where the dogs had a home and an owner who wanted them back. But due to the exorbitant fees charged by MAS, made even higher by the crappy MSN law in Memphis, 2 of the 3 dogs weren’t allowed to go home. Instead of sending the 3 dogs home, MAS sent 2 of them to the kill room. For what? To punish an owner because he didn’t have his dogs neutered? To set an example for the community?
MAS apparently has hundreds of empty cages. But space is so desperately “needed” that even animals with homes must be killed – erm…
Good going Memphis. Your suckass MSN law and disgraced animal “shelter” have earned another spot on humanity’s wall of shame.
Nobody WANTS to kill animals. Except when they totally obviously do.