Report describes animal shelter before raid as "Hell on Earth" - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Report describes animal shelter before raid as "Hell on Earth"

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A report presented to city officials reveals conditions described as "Hell on Earth" inside the Memphis Animal Shelter before deputies raided the facility in late October.

According to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, the shelter continues to be in a state of transition.

"A lot of the horror stories that you hear about are things that can be corrected, are being corrected, and will continue to be corrected," Wharton said Friday.

To facilitate those corrections, Wharton hired consultant Judy Shaw to lead the charge, and now, one of her early progress reports is out.

Thursday, the 11-page report was given to members of the Memphis City Council.  Among items still in need of correction:

  • Staffing - Shaw says the staff need training and basic operational procedure to follow.
  • Feeding - The report there is no inventory control system in place. The shelter ran out of dog food and kitty litter this week.
  • Documentation - Proper documenting regarding intake of animals, housing, and length of stay.

"This is our Achilles heel and we are limping badly," Shaw said in the report.

Wharton said progress at the shelter must continue to move forward.

"The key now is to not slip back," he said. "It's so easy to make a little progress, and then when the cameras fade away, boom, you're right back. That's not going to happen."

Wharton put emphasis on the community's role in controlling the pet population through spaying and neutering.

You can download and read the entire report by clicking here.



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