Employees accused of neglecting animals still working at shelter - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Employees accused of neglecting animals still working at shelter, officials say

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.

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email | Twitter | Facebook

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Employees accused of neglecting animals at the Memphis animal shelter are now back on the job, officials said Wednesday.

While the investigation has not pin-pointed any particular person, members of the Memphis Animal Shelter Advisory Board say the people who were working in the shelter when animals allegedly starved to death are the same people working there now.

Cindy Marx-Sanders is on the board, but Tuesday she spoke as a citizen.

"I was horrified," she said.

Though Marx-Sanders' Community Action for Animals works on abuse cases every day, she says photos of starving dogs at the shelter with their ribs jutting out are shocking.

"I see cruelty photographs a lot," she said. "Heinous cruelty photographs. I was just amazed this was coming from the shelter."

Marx-Sanders was thankful when investigators carried out a search warrant on the shelter last Tuesday.

"Relieved was definitely the word," she said. "It was about time."

But now, she's upset to hear the employees who cared for the dogs while the alleged abuses happened are back on the job.

"I know they have to wait to see how the investigation pans out, but I feel like they should have been left on administrative leave," she said.

Marx-Sanders says the live web cameras the city installed at the shelter Wednesday will keep a watchful eye.

"I think the cameras are a great start," she said. "There are a couple of concerns I have about the cameras."

For one, Marx-Sanders is worried if any employee is alone at the shelter at any time, someone watching the web cam could target that person.

While people are responsible for spaying and neutering their pets, she says the city must have standards.

"You can't help that every cage is full, but you can help how those animals are treated while they're there," she said.

Thursday night at 6pm, several animal activist groups will come together to hold a vigil for the animals that died at the shelter.

Copyright 2009 WMC-TV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly