MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - Memphis Animal Services workers are getting training in animal handling and the law after three employees were charged with aggravated animal cruelty earlier this month.
In all, six shelter employees have been indicted on animal cruelty charges in the past 2 1/2 years. Sheriff's deputies raided the shelter in October 2009, finding starving, abused and neglected animals.
According to a news release from the city, shelter employees on Thursday were scheduled to work on animal handling techniques with Whitney Jones of the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County.
Also, Judge Tarik Sugarmon was scheduled to talk with workers about the law and their role in the justice system.
The sessions are as part of a comprehensive review of troubled shelter and a new partnership with the Humane Society.