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October 29, 2009

Memphis Acts Against Shelter Abusers

American Humane Association Assists in Memphis Animal Shelter Investigation


DENVER, Oct. 27, 2009 –The Shelby County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant this morning as part of an investigation into alleged animal abuse and cruelty at the City of Memphis Animal Shelter, where American Humane’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services™ team is currently helping care for pets. The Shelby County District Attorney had requested earlier this month that the Sheriff’s Office investigate after receiving a tip from a citizen concerned about the conditions at the shelter.

According to the warrant that was served this morning, “Detectives have learned that some animals have been deprived of food and water while at the Memphis Animal Shelter,” and while in the shelter’s care, “…some dogs have been starved to the point of requiring euthanasia.” The search warrant also indicated that some of the employees kept “…dogs that are to be quarantined for rabies with dogs that are not required to be quarantined in the same kennel.”

In addition, the warrant reported unsanitary conditions, overcrowding, and vicious and sick animals being housed along with other pets.

“Animals bring comfort and compassion to countless families,” said Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell. “Animals often depend on others for their safety and protection. Once we were contacted by the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, our detectives immediately investigated the allegations of possible abuse.”

American Humane and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) were asked by the Sheriff’s Office to help care for the animals during the investigation.

For more information on American Humane’s role in the investigation, go to www.americanhumane.org/redstar.



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