Memphis Shelter Investigation

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Helping Animals During Shelter Cruelty Investigation

On Oct. 27, 2009, American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services team, working alongside the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), began caring for pets housed in the City of Memphis Animal Shelter. That same day, the Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the shelter, which is being investigated in response to a concerned citizen’s accusation of alleged animal abuse.

According to the warrant, dogs were supposedly deprived of food and water -- in some cases to the point where euthanasia was required. There were also allegations of unsanitary conditions, overcrowding and inhumane housing practices that resulted in sick and vicious dogs being kept in the same areas as other pets in the shelter. The shelter was temporarily closed, and American Humane Association remained on site until the animals no longer required our care.

Volunteers from all over the country, like these two ASPCA members, flew in to help evaluate the animals at the City of Memphis Animal Services shelter on Tchulahoma Rd. The Sheriff's Department took control of the shelter Tuesday after an investigation revealed that many of the animals were improperly cared for or neglected.
Photo and caption courtesy of The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

Jim Layman picks up his new puppy, Tucker, Tuesday morning at the City of Memphis Animal Services shelter on Tchulahoma Rd. The Sheriff's Department took control of the shelter Tuesday after an investigation revealed that many of the animals were improperly cared for or neglected.
Photo and caption courtesy of The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

The Sheriff's Department took control of City of Memphis Animal Services shelter on Tchulahoma Rd bringing in volunteers from all over the country to help evaluate the care of the animals after an investigation revealed that many of the animals were improperly cared for or neglected.
Photo and caption courtesy of The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

A stray dog waits to be unloaded from an animal control truck at the City of Memphis Animal Services shelter on Tchulahoma Rd. The Sheriff's Department took control of the shelter Tuesday after an investigation revealed that many of the animals were improperly cared for or neglected.
Photo and caption courtesy of The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

 

 

Sheryl Addison juggles a box of kittens Tuesday morning to be dropped off at the City of Memphis Animal Services shelter on Tchulahoma Rd. The Sheriff's Department took control of the shelter Tuesday after an investigation revealed that many of the animals were improperly cared for or neglected.
Photo and caption courtesy of The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

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