Board gives voice to abused animals - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Board gives voice to abused animals

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A new animal cruelty board is giving a voice to abused animals all over Shelby County, thanks, in part, to an Action News 5 investigation.

In a tiny meeting room Thursday, members of the Animal Shelter Advisory Board talked for animal that cannot.

"The animals have no voice," board chair Michelle Buckelew said.

A voice growing louder ever since an Action News 5 investigation uncovered issues inside the Memphis Animal Shelter.  The shelter had an 83 percent kill rate, and records could not account for nearly 400 animals.

In February, an inside source told Action News 5 that employees were selling dogs out of the shelter. He also said convicted felons had access to the drug Ketamine.

In a special report, Thomas Bryant told us he claimed his dog Helen one night just before the shelter closed, but when he returned to pick her up the next morning, she'd been euthanized overnight.

Our investigation caught the mayor's attention, and he re-instated the Animal Shelter Control Board to address the problems.

"To increase adoptions, to decrease the rate of euthanasia, and to make sure that there's an element of compassion," Buckelew said.

Buckelew says issues still exist, but there's hope at the shelter.

"We have a long way to go, but we're making the needed changes and we're making progress," she said.

The board meets once per month.

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