Search warrant photos show starvation at Memphis Animal Shelter - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Search warrant photos show starvation at Memphis Animal Shelter

Puppy 199287 when it was admitted on August 18th. Puppy 199287 when it was admitted on August 18th.
The same puppy in early September. The same puppy in early September.

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Deputies raided the Memphis Animal Shelter after receiving a report that three dogs died from a lack of care and feeding, according to a search warrant released Tuesday.

The warrant includes photos of a puppy that was healthy looking when it was admitted to the shelter on August 18, 2009.  Photos of the same dog taken in September show it to be emaciated.  According to a necropsy, the animal died of starvation on September 4.

Shelby County sheriff's deputies executed the search warrant on October 27th as part of an investigation into alleged animal cruelty at the shelter.

The warrant also alleges dogs that should have quarantined for rabies were housed with dogs that are not required to be quarantined.

According to the warrant, volunteers at the shelter informed then-Director Kenneth Moody and animal services administrator Ernest Alexander about conditions at the facility. 

An informant, who remains anonymous, later took pictures of the dog that died on September 4th, which led in part to the warrant.

The shelter was closed for several days before it re-opened.  Officials announced Friday that video cameras will soon be installed at the shelter to monitor activity there 24/7.

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