MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - After allegations of starving animals surfaced, protesters hit the streets calling for major changes at the Memphis Animal Shelter.
"Why would shelter employees walk by every day and watch these dogs starve to death? I don't understand it," said protester Debi Barry.
Members of the group S.O.S. Memphis now want action.
Cindy Sanders said, "Citizens in steadily increasing numbers are becoming more and more concerned."
More than 50 members of the group gathered at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Highland Street calling for an end to problems at the Memphis Animal Shelter.
ABC 24 News first reported that Memphis police are investigating new accusations of neglect and starvation at the animal shelter.
"That tells me that the wrong people are at the shelter," said Barry.
This group says those allegations, including a police report filed by an animal control worker, show Mayor A C Wharton needs to make change at the shelter. They even accuse the city of making a half-hearted attempt to privatize the shelter and now stress it's the animals that are suffering.
Sanders told abc24.com, "I can't imagine that a mayor is so willing to overlook the facts to still contend that everything is fine."
The city had no comment on the new allegations, citing the ongoing police investigation.