Stop the abuse at the Memphis Animal "Shelter"
  • Petitioned AC Wharton

This petition was delivered to:

Mayor
AC Wharton
City Council
Bill Boyd
City Council
Shea Flinn
City Council
Reid Hedgepeth
MAS Advisory Board
Stephen Tower
City Council
Harold Collins
MAS Advisory Board
Jen Clay
City Council
Kemp Conrad
Director of Public Services and Neighborhoods
Janet Hooks
City Council
Bill Morrison
City Council
Wanda Halbert
City Council
Myron Lowery
City Council
Joe Brown
City Council
Janis Fullilove
City Council
Edmund Ford Jr.
City Council
Jim Strickland
City Council
Barbara Swearengen Ware
Interim Director of Memphis Animal Services
James Rogers

Stop the abuse at the Memphis Animal "Shelter"

    1. Erica Abernathy
    2. Petition by

      Erica Abernathy

      Bartlett, TN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDyvSJOSYog

In 2009 the story of abuse occuring at the Memphis Animal Shelter made national coverage as the shelter was raided and discovered dogs starved to death. This from the very people who were supposed to be ENFORCING the animal abuse laws. They fired the director of MAS and hired Matthew Pepper in his place to fix the problems. Pepper installed webcams so the public could watch what was going on at the shelter.

Webcams to watch:

http://www.cityofmemphis.org/AnimalShelter/default.aspx

And for the loyal watchers of the webcams it turns out, it isn't much better for how the animals are treated. Animals still die under thier watch (and I don't mean put to sleep). They say the adoption rate has gone up, though when the math is done the kill rate is still at 77%. The workers still manhandle the animals, and have been seen taking whole litters of puppies to the kill room without ever giving them a chance to find a home by posting them online. The workers do not attempt to even find homes for the majority. No calling of rescues or foster homes. More horrors can be found on this blog run by Shirley Thistlethwaite:

http://yesbiscuit.wordpress.com/

And even with the live webcams recording how workers treat these animals, Memphis refuses to change. They believe not enough people care. So the goal is to get the word out to as many people as possible and prove to them that people all over are watching, and they are horrified by the way animals in a shelter are treated.

If you are in the Memphis area please make an attempt to attend the monthly public meeting for the City of Memphis' Animal Services Advisory Board. The more people, the more they realize people are determined to help these animals. All meetings are held on Wednesday evenings at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library located at 3030 Poplar Avenue, 38111 in meeting room A from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. 

Info on meeting dates:

http://memphistn.gov/framework.aspx?page=1047

I gave the deadline a year. Let's hope change comes alot sooner then that.

Write your own letter (all information below relates to that).

Join the letter writing campaign (http://yesbiscuit.wordpress.com/memphis-animal-services-links/):

"No matter where you live, you can make your concerns about the shelter known to the following individuals:

Mayor Wharton: ac.wharton@memphistn.gov
Janet Hooks, Director, Public Services and Neighborhoods: janet.hooks@memphistn.gov
Matthew Pepper, Director, Memphis Animal Services: matthew.pepper@memphistn.gov
MAS Board: MASBoard@memphistn.gov

City Council

Bill Boyd Bill.Boyd@memphistn.gov

Bill Morrison bill.morrison@memphistn.gov

Myron Lowery Myron.Lowery@memphistn.gov

Janis Fullilove janis.fullilove@memphistn.gov

Barbara Swearengen Ware swearengen.ware@memphistn.gov

Harold Collins harold.collins@memphistn.gov

Wanda Halbert wanda.halbert@memphistn.gov

Joe Brown Joe.Brown@memphistn.gov

Shea Flinn shea.flinn@memphistn.gov

Kemp Conrad Kemp.Conrad@memphistn.gov

Edmund Ford Jr. edmund.fordjr@memphistn.gov

Reid Hedgepeth reid.hedgepeth@memphistn.gov

Jim Strickland Jim.Strickland@memphistn.gov

A copy/paste collection of the e-mail addresses:

ac.wharton@memphistn.gov , janet.hooks@memphistn.gov , matthew.pepper@memphistn.govMASBoard@memphistn.gov , Bill.Boyd@memphistn.gov , bill.morrison@memphistn.gov , Myron.Lowery@memphistn.gov , janis.fullilove@memphistn.gov , swearengen.ware@memphistn.gov , harold.collins@memphistn.gov , wanda.halbert@memphistn.gov , Joe.Brown@memphistn.gov , shea.flinn@memphistn.gov , Kemp.Conrad@memphistn.gov,  edmund.fordjr@memphistn.govreid.hedgepeth@memphistn.gov, Jim.Strickland@memphistn.gov, doctowers@aol.com
gilligansarmy5@wmconnect.comjen@utopiaanimalhospital.com ,
mingostar@aol.com ,

Keep your letters succinct and respectful. Let the city leaders know that people from all over are condemning what is going on at MAS and refuse to spend their vacation dollars in a city which tries to sweep cruelty under the rug.  Remind them there is a viable alternative:  make Memphis a no kill community.  Include a link to this primer on no kill.

Please use your voice to speak for all the pets at MAS – living and dead.  If you’ve already written – thank you.  If you have more to say to city leaders – write again.  Let them know we are still watching and still horrified.  Share this info with the many caring pet owners you know so that they can write letters too.  If you need bullet points for possible items to include in a letter, here you go:

Summary of Concerns at Memphis Animal Services

The killing of pets who are not medically hopeless and suffering nor have they been declared a danger to society by a qualified party.
The killing of pets when there are empty cages at the shelter.
The killing of pets who have never been made available to the public for adoption, rescue or foster.
The killing of pets due to disease outbreak without ever making a public plea for help with quarantine to save lives.
Failure of the shelter to vaccinate all incoming pets as per standard disease prevention protocol.
Failure of the shelter to remove dogs and food from cages during cleaning as per standard disease prevention protocol.
Failure of the shelter to utilize their Chameleon software to interface with PetHarbor so that every pet is viewable online by the public.
Failure of the shelter to properly train and/or enforce humane handling of pets by the staff.
Failure of the shelter to implement a TNR program so that the number of feral cats in the community can be reduced over time.
Failure of the shelter to keep cats separated from the sight, sound and smell of dogs in order to reduce stress and make the population less susceptible to disease.
Failure of the shelter to provide daily aerobic exercise for dogs for social stimulation and in order to reduce stress and make the population less susceptible to disease."

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 40,000 signatures
    2. Change.org Petition to Bring Back Webcams at Memphis Animal Shelter

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organiser

      The petition has just reached 1,000 signatures. If you haven't signed and shared yet, please click on the link.

    3. MAS Partners with Tennessee Task Force in Training Shelter Dogs

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organiser

      A press conference was held today to announce that the Tennessee Task Force will train shelter dogs from MAS for search and rescue operations. MAS employees will receive training to identify dogs with the potential to be accepted in the program. This is a positive step with the potential to reduce the number of dogs euthanized at the shelter.

    4. Indictment for Animal Abuse from Kapone Incident

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organiser

      Demetria Hogan was indicted on several charges, including cruelty to animals for her actions while employed as an animal control officer at Memphis Animal Shelter.

    5. Mayor Wharton Issues Statement Regarding Animal Treatment at MAS

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organiser

      A YouTube video has been posted by Mayor Wharton containing his statement about the recent indictment of three shelter employees for acts of animal cruelty. While in the past Mayor Wharton has been able to make excuses for images taken from the old shelter's webcams, the evidence produced from an undercover officer working at the shelter cannot go ignored. Perhaps this is the first step in bringing about actual reform at Memphis Animal Shelter. As an added bonus, shelter volunteers are now maintaining a Petfinder.org webpage showing available animals at the shelter. Let's hope this continues. You can find the link here: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/TN111.html

    6. Three Shelter Employees Indicted with Charges of Animal Cruelty

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organiser

      After a three-month investigation following an undercover police officer working at the shelter as a technician, three employees have been charged with multiple counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Mayor Wharton was quoted as saying: "these acts are not up for interpretation as to whether or not they constitute animal cruelty," and that "the examples are plain concise and direct, easy enough for a 2nd grader to know that somebody ought to get in trouble." The employees have been suspended while the city is taking steps to fire them.

    7. New Shelter Location Brings With it Old Methods of Animal Treatment

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organiser

      Memphis Animal Services may have thought they got a reprieve from concerned citizens complaining over webcam footage after moving to their new shelter location. Recent footage released through a FOIA request reveals that staff are still mishandling the animals trusted in their care. New interim shelter director James Rogers responded by stating that staff will undergo additional training in how to properly use catch poles. With volunteers resigning over these handling procedures, is training enough?

    8. Is Memphis Animal Services starving dogs?

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organiser

      A protest was held outside Memphis Animal Shelter yesterday, with over 50 members of the group SOS Memphis (SOS stands for Save Our Shelter) in attendance. Recent allegations indicate that the shelter is not properly providing for the animals in their care, including starvation and neglect. SOS Memphis is outraged and has scheduled an emergency meeting for tonight at 6:30pm at the DeNeuville Learning Center (190 S Cooper St in Memphis). Police are now investigating the allegations based on a report filed by a shelter employee.

    9. Join SOS Memphis for a Special Meeting on February 20th.

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organiser

      On Monday, February 20th at 6:30pm, SOS Memphis will be holding a Special Meeting open to advocates, pet owners, rescues and concerned citizens. The agenda will cover the recent news reports about Memphis Animal Services. The meeting will take place at the DeNeuville Learning Center, 190 South Cooper Street in Memphis, TN (near Union Avenue / next to Ike’s).

    10. Peaceful protest of Memphis Animal Shelter to take place Sunday, Feb. 19th

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organiser

      The protest starts at 2:00pm at the new shelter (at the intersection of Poplar and Highland in Memphis, TN).

    11. Reached 25,000 signatures
    12. Kapone Comes Home

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organiser

      Six months after being picked up by Memphis Animal Services animal control officer Demetria Hogan, Kapone has been found in Mississippi. The elderly dog and another dog were came to Memphis Animal Services and were given ID numbers, but Kapone went missing. It is believed that Kapone never got off Ms. Hogan's vehicle at the shelter and was feared to have been sold as a training or bait dog for illegal dog fighting rings. Welcome home, Kapone!!!

    13. Reached 20,000 signatures
    14. Candlelight Gathering at new Memphis shelter location on Oct 27th

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organiser

      The two-year anniversary of the raid on Memphis Animal Shelter that exposed unacceptable conditions will be remembered with a candlelight gathering at the location of the new shelter. October 27th, 7pm at 2350 Appling City Cove (I-40 and Appling Rd. - N Exit).

    15. Reached 17,500 signatures
    16. MAS holds Advisory Board meeting tonight, opens doors to public

      Pamela Black
      Petition Organiser

      The first open meeting since shutting doors to the public is tonight at 6pm. Those in Memphis please be sure to attend.

    17. Memphis, it doesn't have to be this way.

      Erica Abernathy
      Petition Organiser

      An interesting view point. Let's stop the abuse at MAS. To the animals. And to the people who work there. Quit allowing them to believe there is no other way.

    18. Matthew Pepper, head of MAS, resigns.

      Erica Abernathy
      Petition Organiser

      Hopefully this is a good thing. But with Memphis Animals Services nothing is certian.

    19. Reached 15,000 signatures
    20. Memphis Likes to Say If You Care So Much, Volunteer. Here's Why We Don't.

      Erica Abernathy
      Petition Organiser

      Memphis likes to act like they will accept help. Truth is if you try to hard to help the animals by attempting to save more lives WHILE you are there volunteering your time to help they will forbid the volunteering. MAS sure cares about the animals.

    21. Looked Like MAS Was Making An Attempt About Two Weeks Ago, What Happened?

      Erica Abernathy
      Petition Organiser

      MAS looked like they were trying to use their Chameleon software to automatically link dogs and cats found on to Pet Harbor so they could be seen easier and faster. Still no pictures. It was a good start. But now it looks like they gave up.

    22. Reached 12,500 signatures
    23. Protest on Saturday, July 23rd at Mayor Wharton's campaign headquarters.

      Erica Abernathy
      Petition Organiser

      Campaign headquarters: 1416 Union Avenue from 3-5pm. We will meet at 2:30 PM in the parking lot of Regions Bank 1415 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN to pick up our signs. Be respectful, even to the Mayor, we do not want to come off as a disrespectful mob.

    24. Reached 9,000 signatures
    25. As the world becomes enraged, Memphis decides removal of webcams

      Erica Abernathy
      Petition Organiser

      As the spotlight grows bigger and brighter on Memphis and the way it's shelter is run, Mayor AC Wharton decides that the only action that can be taken is to remove the webcams from the new facility. So much for trying to stop the abuse.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Bonnie LaCross SINCLAIRVILLE, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Animal cruelty has to stop. What are we becoming? Does life have no value any more. Do people really enjoy being so cruel? Who will they turn on next.

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    • Anne Saxon AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      These poor animals need a voice.

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    • Ketra bock RIO RANCHO, NM
      • about 1 year ago

      pitiful sight. merciful just show a little mercy please, this is so very unjust.

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    • lara caño BADALONA, UNITED STATES
      • about 1 year ago

      imperdonable, impermisible, increible!!!!

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    • Patrice Hills HALLANDALE, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      we should stop that!!!

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