Report reveals some MAS employees have links to dog fighting rings

(WMC-TV) - A 22-page report by the Memphis Rotary Club reveals criminal activity taking place within the Memphis Animal Shelter.

The report says there are employees with relationships to illicit dog fighting rings, a failure to apply rules, and a potential for criminal activity.

"I'm a pet lover, it hits me emotionally," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.

Wharton said he cannot let emotions get in the way of going through proper channels to fix the problems.  He said the report will be turned over to the district attorney's office.

"We have no authority to conduct criminal investigations, we can't even subpoena," said Wharton.  "I am concerned that these employees didn't go on the record.  I can make them go on the record.  We are going to do everything we can."

Animal advocates were heartbroken that their worst suspicions have been put to paper.

"I'm glad that if finally took a group to bring it out, some of the things animal advocates have been saying for years," said animal lover Beverly King.

The report shows the need for more accountability when field officers are picking up an animal.  As it is now, management does not know where field officers are and what they are doing.

Wharton said the city is going to get a GPS tracking system that will solve the problem.

Not only does the report show links between employees and dog fighting rings, it also shows that many dogs are being adopted out for that very reason.

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