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Activists cite web cameras in complaint about treatment at animal shelter

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - After three dogs died from starvation at the Memphis Animal Shelter, city officials installed live web cameras citizens can view over the internet.  Now, animal rights activists monitoring the cameras are concerned about what they saw.

Wednesday, Tatianna Gibson said she was upset about how a dog was treated recently during cleaning time, as a shelter employee used a hose to clean out a crate.

"It's shooting up through the crates into the water buckets, just by spraying against a wall and it's getting into their water," she said. "They're not going in and then dumping the water, washing the bowl out and giving them water.  They're leaving it there all day."

City officials installed the cameras to monitor the shelter after three dogs died from starvation.

"I was glad that it came out so we could actually monitor and see what's going on, but the problem...is no one's monitoring them but us," Gibson said.

Since the cameras went live online, animal rights advocates have been almost constantly monitoring images from the shelter.

"They'll go onto the computers at night and they might take a three-hour shift and allow them to see what's going on in that three-hour period, and then we'll turn it off to somebody else," Gibson said.

But Gibson thinks the cameras need better positioning.

"It's positioned in such a way that you're not able to see inside every crate," she said.

Gibson wants to start a collaborative with the city and citizens to monitor the site, and she has words for shelter workers:

"If you don't like the job you're doing, and it's obvious on the cameras that they think this is beneath them, then have at it," she said.

Action News 5 was unable to reach a city official for comment Wednesday.


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