MEMPHIS, TN - As the City of Memphis debates getting out of the animal shelter business, a local group offers some help.
The city pound has been rocked by scandals and charges of animal abuse for years.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton promised to clean it up, but isn't having much success.
Now the Memphis Rotary Club has offered to act at no charge, as an outside consultant. The club's volunteers are successful businessmen with years of management expertise. They would asses the problems at the shelter, and recommend what to do about them.
Rotary President John Coats said, "we're businessmen and we're going to go in and try to do an assessment on the operations, the management, the accounting efforts, and possibly make a recommendation to the city council and the mayor. Should the city, even be involved in this? Should this be something that should be out-sourced, or privatized?"
The mayor is expected to talk about the rotary club's offer Thursday, July 21, 2011.
The club's president says their project would be transparent and the final report would be posted on its website for all to see.