Daycare Angry with Animal Control over Stray Dog Problem

Daycare Angry with Animal Control over Stray Dog Problem

A Hickory Hill daycare owner is furious with Memphis Animal Control. She's had trouble with stray dogs on her property, and says animal shelter management ignored the problem for weeks.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - A Hickory Hill daycare owner is furious with Memphis Animal Control. She's had trouble with stray dogs on her property, and says animal shelter management ignored the problem for weeks.

"They're four pit bull stray dogs, big pit bulls like big head scary pit bulls," says Nieya Hamilton with This Little Light of Mine Daycare off Knight Arnold. She says the children have been playing inside the last few weeks, scared of stray dogs.

"They're pit bulls, not miniature poodles. They're pit bulls and it's a daycare and parents were telling me, 'Don't you know they have the dogs out there?' I'm like, yeah, we're calling animal control."

Hamilton says she made several calls to "report and report and report and they came out and said you're going to have strays."

"He walked up to the dogs and they walked off, so he just came back and told me they walked off and I said, 'Well they're going to come back.'"

When the dogs did, Hamilton called police. She says officers got an MAS worker to set out cages.

Then this weekend, one of Hamilton's employees saw a terrible sight.

"I get a call on Saturday, one of my employees had driven by and said there's a dog in front of the daycare."

It was one of the pit bulls she reported, dead, and left on the corner of the sidewalk sometime over the weekend.

"I can only surmise the dog got into cage and died and instead of taking dog with them they just took cages and put the dog on the edge of the property," Hamilton says, "The dog should have been picked up or cages checked so he could have been caught alive."

Hamilton says the dog was picked up Monday morning, but not before flies, maggots and other bugs started attacking its body.

"I felt like it was almost a shot at us because we're trying to protect children and employees and they were upset because we just kept calling and calling them."

Hamilton is still worried about the other three stray dogs returning.

Lasonya Hall, a manger in the city division that oversees the animal shelter, stated in an email late Monday that the matter has been investigated.

She says the traps were removed from the property because nobody from the daycare center would be there to monitor them during the 4th of July holiday.

Hall says officers found the dead dog lying near the curb and the city will continue to look into what happened.


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