Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sheriff's deputies in Shelby Co, TN executed a search warrant this week at the Memphis Animal Shelter:
According to the search warrant, "detectives have learned that some animals have been deprived of food and water while at the Memphis Animal Shelter," and while in the shelter's care, "some dogs have been starved to the point of requiring euthanasia."
District Attorney Bill Gibbons said an investigation into practices at the shelter was launched after his office received a tip from a citizen earlier this month.
Gibbons said one or more people could face criminal charges. Up to 300 animals were inside the shelter, but officials did not say how many were in bad condition.
So I guess we can hold out hope that they may have fed at least some of them?
This shelter is no stranger to cruelty allegations, as this report from last month illustrates:
The incident in question took place at the animal shelter last Friday, when an injured dog ended up buried beneath bags of euthanized animals. The animals were on their way to an incinerator where dead animals are burned.
The employee involved in this incident kept his job.
Failure to properly feed the dogs in their care has been alleged in recent months as well, although the shelter denied the allegations:
The complaint alleges the shelter was at full capacity, ran out of food, and a dog fight began when an employee trying to stretch the food supply brought one dish into a cage.
"We were never out of food," [Memphis Animal Shelter administrator Ernie] Alexander said.
He then explained what really happened.
"We had an influx of dogs to come in from both the city and the county, where we had three to four animals per kennel," he said.
Alexander claimed the dog fighting was due to the overcrowding, and not a food shortage.
That was in July. So if there truly was no food shortage but now the dogs are starved nearly to death, either someone's lying or intentionally starving the shelter pets. Will everyone keep their jobs this time?
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