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24/7 video cameras to monitor activity at Memphis Animal Shelter

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Video cameras will soon monitor activity 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Memphis Animal Shelter, officials announced Friday.  The addition of cameras is just one of the changes city leaders are making to keep an eye on conditions at the facility.

After it was shut down during a raid by law enforcement officials Tuesday morning, the shelter has been in transition.  Though it is open once again, conditions inside are unacceptable, according to new Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.

"If government doesn't make this a priority, then what matters? If we don't do that?" Wharton remarked Friday.

In an attempt to make things better, Wharton has put together a 13 member task force dedicated to fixing issues at the facility.  Among them, a set of standards for conditions at the shelter, and for proper employee training.

"It was long overdue in my opinion," task force member Sherry Rout said.

Rout added she is pleased to meet the challenge ahead.

"I'll be pulling together standards from other states for animal shelters, pulling together training information for animal control officers," she said.

As sheriff's investigators and the District Attorney's office proceed with their cases, the Animal Shelter is back open for business.  All shelter managers and employees remain on the job, but Wharton says no one's safe.

"If we find that action needs to be taken, it will be taken immediately," he said.

The new task force will hold its second meeting next Friday. Wharton said expediency is key, and that this issue will be resolved within 60 days.

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