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Bring back the webcams to the Memphis pound
  • Petitioned AC Wharton

This petition was delivered to:

Mayor
AC Wharton
Deputy Director
LaSonya Hall
Interim Shelter Director
James Rogers
Shelter Advisory Board Chair
Stephen Tower
Director, Public Services and Neighborhoods
Janet Hooks

Bring back the webcams to the Memphis pound

    1. Shirley Thistlethwaite
    2. Petition by

      Shirley Thistlethwaite

      Columbia, SC

The city of Memphis removed the public webcams after images of what appeared to be abuse and neglect were revealed to the public. Interim director James Rogers has indicated that the public can still see what's going on by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for security camera footage. These very costly requests are sometimes ignored by the city or delivered with significant content missing. An expensive FOIA request that may or may not be fulfilled is not the equivalent to public access to the webcams. Further, the city says requests must be filed quickly as the data is overwritten within days. If the public had access to the webcams, viewers could notify the city of a FOIA request for a specific camera view and targeted time period before the footage is overwritten. Without the public webcams, filing a FOIA request for the security camera footage is a shot in the dark.

The animals at the Memphis pound deserve the protection afforded them by the public webcams. How many more employees have to be charged with animal cruelty before meaningful reform, including transparency, is instituted at the pound?

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    • Louise Newton MEMPHIS, TN
      • 3 months ago

      Because the safety of helpless animals are very important to most people & I for one want to be able to see that they're taken care of in a humane way!

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    • Joey Eversole MEMPHIS, TN
      • 3 months ago

      The employees of the Memphis animal shelter are paid by US. We need them to be accountable and if they cannot behave in a kind way to those they are made responsible for they should be fired. Removing the webcams tells us that they are hiding something and we cannot tolerate abusive behavior tward animals who have already been through too much.

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    • Joey Eversole MEMPHIS, TN
      • 3 months ago

      The employees of the Memphis animal shelter are paid by US. We need them to be accountable and if they cannot behave in a kind way to those they are made responsible for they should be fired. Removing the webcams tells us that they are hiding something and we cannot tolerate abusive behavior tward animals who have already been through too much.

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    • Lisa McMahon MEMPHIS, TN
      • 3 months ago

      Transparency in how the shelter is maintained and how animals are treated is important. Web cams help keep everyone honest.

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    • Susan Saracena GERMANTOWN, TN
      • 3 months ago

      That was the only way to try a protect those poor animals in there! They are treated horribly enough as it is!! This should be a NO KILL shelter! Same morons still work there that abuses animals!!

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