Records Show Widespread Problems Persist at Memphis Animal Shelter

Records Show Widespread Problems Persist at Memphis Animal Shelter

It took months for the city to turn over Memphis Animal Shelter records that date back to last fall. After looking at them, it's no surprise there was a delay.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Many Memphis Animal Shelter employees are still behaving badly, from mistreating animals, to letting dogs suffer, to euthanizing the wrong dogs. The city promised to clean up the shelter, but documents show big problems still persist.

It took months for the city to turn over records that date back to last fall. After looking at them, it's no surprise there was a delay.

Documents show one employee after another in trouble for mishandling dogs; it's a common occurrence at the Memphis Animal Shelter.

For example, according to city records, when a Great Dane came to the shelter, employee Calvin Matthews let the dog sit in the cage for eight hours wearing a muzzle without food and water. Matthews also never removed the lock and wire cables from another dog's neck, instead just putting a note on the kennel reading "need cutters for cable." He was later fired.

Darryl Hudson wasn't supposed to euthanize a certain dog, but did because he didn't follow shelter policy.

Anquan Bledsoe was recently fired, but not before calling in sick 43 times and being tardy 40 times during a six month period.

According to the disciplinary reports, Willie White handled an animal inhumanly, dragging a dog with a catch pole.

Then there is Sian Crouther. Instead of helping a customer in the lobby, she told her supervisor, "I'm not here to work, just collect a damn paycheck."

The most high profile incident, according to their records, is when the lead veterinarian left an embedded collar in a dog for three days as it went without medical attention. Her written reprimand called it "cruel and inhumane" treatment.

These incidents are just a sampling of numerous violations documented at the shelter. City leaders say the shelter is improving, but those watching the situation say there is no excuse for some of these so-called mistakes.

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