MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com)- abc24.com has a copy of the document which was handed to city leaders several weeks ago, during a meeting with MAS volunteers. It says volunteers are noticing animals with significant weight loss. Simply put: dogs are not being given enough food to eat.
The list of problems and concerns about the shelter goes on and on, from filthy kennels to plumbing problems and other broken equipment inside the brand new multi-million dollar animal shelter.
One volunteer's email to abc24.com says: "The new facility is in fact worse managed and filthier than the old shelter."
More than a week after volunteers met with city leaders, conditions at the shelter were so bad that an animal control worker filed a police report.
The police report says "there has been and continues to be neglect at the Memphis animal shelter. Several dogs were emaciated and sickly."
One of those dogs belongs to Christine Benson.
“All they have to do is walk through and see there is a problem,” said Benson.
Benson is glad volunteers came forward but wonders why employees did not.
Here is a statement from the Division of Public Services and Neighborhoods, which oversees MAS:
“There was a fruitful and informative meeting with the volunteers where their concerns were addressed. Problems surrounding the equipment were being and continue to be addressed. We are diligently working with all the appropriate parties, contractors, manufacturers, and vendors to resolve the issues that have arisen.
Rounds are done daily by the MAS veterinarians to address medical issues, including weight loss. Animals who require increased feeding are appropriately documented and fed by the techs accordingly.”