Kitten #240135 was impounded by Memphis Animal Services (MAS) on May 1, 2012. She was listed as a 1 month old female. As of September 18, there is no outcome for this kitten. The entirety of her medical records consists of a single exam on May 2 containing the note “too young”.
The records clerk was asked three times (once on the initial request and twice in follow up e-mails after the records were received) for the outcome records for this pet. The records clerk confirmed there are no other records. There is no record that this kitten was adopted, went to rescue or foster, died in her cage or was killed by MAS. This kitten is not in a cage at MAS to the best of my knowledge and hasn’t been there for months. Where is kitten #240135?
Puppy #244868 was surrendered to MAS on August 9, 2012. He was listed as a 4 week old male weighing one pound. On August 10, he was dewormed and vaccinated. I don’t know if he was ever seen again because the only other notation in this puppy’s record is on September 15 when the MAS veterinarian reported that his “location and disposition are unknown”. Where is puppy #244868?
Puppy #244812 was impounded by MAS on August 8, 2012. He was vaccinated on August 9 and someone expressed an interest in adopting him on August 14. I don’t know if he was ever seen again because the only other notation in this puppy’s record is on September 15 when the MAS veterinarian reported that his “location and disposition are unknown”. Where is puppy #244812?
Are these babies unaccounted for due to shoddy record keeping or is there some other explanation? What happened to these pets? Are they alive somewhere? What staff members were signing off on the daily cleaning, feeding and care for each of these pets? How does a shelter with such a notorious history of pets going “missing” continue to lose pets? When is Memphis going to clean up its act and get rid of everyone there who participates in and enables this unacceptable state of affairs? Fire. Them. All.