Council addresses problems at Memphis Animal Shelter - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

Council addresses problems at Memphis Animal Shelter

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - After an Action News 5 report on problems at the pound, the Memphis City Council is ready to crack down on how the Memphis Animal Shelter is operated.

A Memphis City Council committee called Public Services Director Ken Moody to the table Tuesday to talk about solving problems at the pound.

"We have no objections," Moody said. "We feel that it will enhance what we're doing."

Last month, an insider revealed big concerns about animals missing from the books at the Memphis Animal Shelter.

"They're being stolen or sold," the person, who asked to remain anonymous, said. "Someone's making a profit."

The insider claimed shelter workers had inappropriate access to sedation drugs, and viewers flooded the Action News 5 Investigators hotline with complaints about the shelter's high kill rate.

Councilman Shea Flinn worked for weeks behind the scenes to draw up a resolution to reinstate the city's Animal Shelter Advisory Board, a board that's been defunct for nearly two decades.
"The important thing is we are getting our Animal Shelter Advisory Board and that should help with the problems that you all have uncovered," Flinn said.

The seven-member board would keep tabs on shelter operations.

"We're hearing the concerns of the public," Moody said. "We're hearing the concerns of the council, and we want to make it better."

After nine months without a manager on site, the city hired a new shelter manager, who began Monday.

"It really is going to be a new day at the animal shelter, and it couldn't come soon enough."

Flinn says the mayor already has animal rights advocates in mind to serve on the board.

The city attorney's office must finalize the resolution.  In two weeks, the council will have the first of three readings.  They expect to launch the advisory board in a few months.

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