Petition to reform Nashville Metro Animal Care and Control (MACC) 76% kill rate
  • Petitioned Mayor Karl Dean

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Mayor Karl Dean

Petition to reform Nashville Metro Animal Care and Control (MACC) 76% kill rate

    1. Petition by

      Concerned Citizens for Change

In January 2013 stories in the national media have praised Nashville as the new "it" town. There is much to be proud of in our city; however, we are not proud of our Metro Animal Care & Control (MACC) and do not believe that its practices reflect our compassion or aspirations as a city. MACC policies do not align with Mayor Karl Dean’s vision and consistent messages of Nashville being a progressive and vibrant place to live, visit, and work. We ask you to join us in this petition to reform some of its (MACC) practices.

The January 13, 2013 story in the City Paper presented the facts, MACC operates at a 76% kill rate. 

The facts below are from the article “By The Numbers: Metro Animal Care and Control in 2012” (City Paper, Jan 13, 2013), which can be read in full here:

• Animals MACC officers picked up in the field: 3,378
• Animals delivered to MACC: 5,999
• Total: 9,377 - "Of 9377 total intakes, only 440 were animals considered to be difficult to place upon arrival. (367 were the direct result of a bite, and 73 came from situations characterized by cruelty.)"

• Adoptions: 1,211 (12%)
Euthanizations: 7,179 (76%)
• Relocations back to the wild: 96 (1%)
• Returns to owner: 553 (6%)
• Transfers: 95 (1%) (this number represents those animals that were not adopted and that MACC later sent to the Nashville Humane Association shelter)

As voting citizens, we find these statistics unacceptable. With a budget of 1.7 million dollars, and a new facility, MACC should be a bright spot in our community as well as an inspirational model to other Tennessee counties and to the entire country! We propose the following immediate changes to lower the high kill rate and an immediate cultural change at MACC. We have prepared statistics on these procedures, as well as policies, which have a proven track record of positive results.

Establish a Rescue Program: Create an active and inclusive partnership with the many reputable rescues in our area. Not just a few; as many as possible that are 501c3. Dr. Brent Hager stated that these rescues are mostly always “full” – however, local rescues will focus on rescuing animals from our local MACC if they are given a chance.

Establish a Volunteer Program: Presently, It is unclear whether there is or is not an active volunteer program at MACC. As citizens we want to know the specifics of our volunteer program. Screening process? The hours? The tasks? Many citizens have filled out MACC’s lengthy pages of paperwork to volunteer as recently as January 2013. We know of a few checking back on their Volunteer Applications and were told there is nothing for them.

Stop Breed-Specific Policies and Euthanizations: Although not a law, certain breeds are not offered for adoption regardless of temperament or age. They are most times euthanized within three days. This independent internal agenda at MACC is unfounded and must stop. A sample of cities that adopt out Pit Bull Type Dogs are Atlanta, Charlotte, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Memphis, Chattanooga, Tampa, and Birmingham; and just next door: Clarksville, Williamson County and Cheatham County.  According to The American Temperament Test Society, Inc. the American Pit Bull Terrier’s got an 86.8% temperament score (out of 100). That is better than a Beagle, Basset Hound, Collie, Cocker Spaniel, Chihuahua, and more

Raise Visibility of Impounded Animals: All animals to be posted on Pet Finder and Pet Harbor with a clear/attractive photo, an accurate breed description and enticing bio. Plus, launch a Facebook page and Twitter account. In addition, MACC should have its own professional web site, like most animal control departments around the country.

These requests are only a beginning. We propose a sit down meeting with Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Board of Health and MACC leadership where positive ideas and facts are exchanged to create a partnership for permanent change. Metro citizens want leadership with intention and determination to make MACC part of our compassionate and progressive Nashville Community.

Join us to reform Metro Animal Care and Control and eliminate this outdated ineffective culture.

It can be accomplished, but only if we demand it.

We need at least 20,000 signatures from Nashville citizens – and yours is important.


Mayor Karl Dean
Please read the above petition and be the hero here. We need a hero. Please show Nashville and the rest of the country that we are a progressive city and these animals, while in your care are a priority and will be given a decent chance to live and find their forever homes.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. July 1 MACC Leadership names Program Co-Ordinator for 3 programs!

      Rebecca Morris of the Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) was named Program Coordinator for 3 programs at MACC - programs that MIRROR the requests for reform from Metro Citizens and Petition Signers!
      1. Social Media program 2. A Robust Volunteer Program 3. Photography Program - which Rebecca is calling "Saving Lives Through Photography"
      Rebecca presented at July Meetings of the MACC Board and the MPHD Board. Of course NOTHING was mentioned about the petition, the number of citizen signers, our meetings or detailed programs we presented to MPHD Leadership - but we ARE making a difference Nashville! Keep Sharing and Keep Communicating with MACC and MPHD. You can email: Thank you Followers!

      Nashville > Home - Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee

    2. NASHVILLE! Metro Health Department lifts Adoption Breed Ban!

      Dr. Paul announced on Wednesday, May 8, in the MACC Advisory Board Meeting, that the Adoption Breed Ban on Pit Bull Type Dogs will be abolished! Pit Bull Type Puppies will be allowed to be adopted starting June 1, 2013 - and adults, as soon as the animal control staff are trained to temperament test! Dr. Paul stated '...and we believe it's the right thing to do!'

    3. Reached 10,000 signatures
    4. Concerned Citizens For Nashville MACC Reform Town Hall Meeting

      Concerned Citizens For Nashville Metro Animal Care & Reform (MACC) Town Hall Meeting

      The creators of the petition to reform MACC are holding a town hall meeting, inviting the compassionate Nashville community to join them to exchange ideas. It will take all of us working together to facilitate positive changes at our animal control.

      April 27, 2013, Noon – 3pm
      The West Police Precinct
      5500 Charlotte Pike (U.S. 70)
      Nashville, TN 37209

    5. Meeting With Metro Health

      As you know, we met with Metro Public Health Officials yesterday (April 10) to present our petition tenets and ask for their commitment to aligning their vision with ours. We did not received their wholehearted commitment, however, we have been offered a second meeting in late May or early June to continue the dialogue. In the meantime we have different events planned to energize and organize our movement. Thanks for your continued support - we still have a long way to go.

    6. Reached 8,000 signatures
    7. We are making a difference!

      Mayor Karl Dean is stepping up to the plate regarding Metro Animal Care & Control increasing adoptions.
      Read link from today's Tennssean

      Nashville plans for more dog catchers

      The Nashville health department plans to hire more animal control officers, but Mayor Karl Dean wants the agency to try harder to find homes for the dogs it brings in. "I guess I should give a pitch for animal adoption," Dean said. "We adopted one, and it worked out pretty good."

    8. Reached 6,000 signatures
    9. Who We Are

      The concerned citizen founders are: Karen Josephson, Leslie Rouffe, Elizabeth Chauncey, Nicole Boyer, Amanda Juszkiewicz, Denice Heatherly, Daniel Henry, Marit Skelton, Deanna Larson & Kelly Snyder

    10. Reached 3,000 signatures
    11. 1600 signatures

      We have hit 1600 signatures, thank you everyone!

      One of the issues we mentioned are presentable adoption photos. To see MACC's dog adoption list go to, enter zip code 37211 where it says "Enter Your Zip Code" on the left and click on "Adopt a Pet" button just below, a list of animal controls will come up, click the box in front of "Nashville/Davidson County Metro Animal Control: Nashville", then click on "Use This Shelter List" button above the shelter list, next click on "dog" on the left, then hit "Search Now" and you will see the dogs up for adoption. Judge for yourself. Let us know if you think the photos are doing these sweet babies justice. Also, as a side note, hardly any of these dogs are on Petfinder, where most people go to find a pet.

    12. Reached 1,500 signatures
    13. Milestone - 1000 signatures

      We have just reached 1000 signatures! Thank you Nashville for caring. We knew you would. Please continue to send emails to your friends, post on your Facebook page, tweet and post on your Tumblr page or blog. We would like 19,0000 signatures.

    14. Reached 1,000 signatures



    Apr 02, 2013

    Nashville, please help! Lets show other cities how we are not only progressive but compassionate! Petition link:

    Kelly Clarkson

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