(Above: Puppy after he was intentionally starved by shelter and died and picture of him when he first came into the shelter.)
Mayor Wharton Fires Animal Shelter Director
Reported by: Shane Myers
Last Update: 11/06 6:23 pm
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MEMPHIS, TN -- Memphis Mayor A C Wharton has fired Earnest Alexander, the director of the Memphis Animal Shelter. During a morning news conference, Mayor Wharton announced the firing. Darrell Eldred will take charge of the shelter, said Mayor Wharton.
The following is a news release issued by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s office:
CITY OF MEMPHIS ANIMAL SHELTER
The Way Forward
In light of recent developments at the animal shelter, inclusive of preliminary findings of an internal investigation, the following are action being taken as measures to improve the quality of animal care and the delivery of overall services:
1) Hire an Interim Facility Coordinator
The Interim Coordinator will be responsible for the following tasks:
Providing leadership in managing the fiscal resources of the animal shelter
Monitoring the department’s operating and capital budget – making appropriate recommendations
Establishing and administering performance measures to support the day-to-day operations within the budget
Reporting developments to the Mayor
2) Enlist the services of an Interim Operations Control Manager/Reinstate the Operations Control Manager position
In the interim, the city will enlist the services of a highly-qualified operations control manager with expansive knowledge of animal care and control.
This individual will work in lockstep with the Mayor’s Task Force.
This individual will ensure strict compliance with all updated policies and procedures.
Qualifications for the Operations Control position will be rewritten to require enhanced experience in animal care and control.
3) Activate the Mayor’s Task Force to engage in Systematic Monitoring
Representatives from animal advocacy groups and animal professionals with the mayor’s newly-formed Animal Shelter Task Force will work with the Interim Operations Control Manager to implement best practices at the shelter.
Members of the Mayor’s Task Force will work with the Interim Facility Coordinator and the Division Director in providing daily monitoring of the shelter and of staff.
4) Install Video Cameras
Starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 6, operations at the animal shelter can be viewed by web camera 24 hours a day via the City of Memphis’ website: www.memphistn.gov
5) Increase Veterinarian Services
Two Veterinarians will now be contracted to perform services at the shelter.
Eight cameras have now been installed inside the shelter so the public can view what is happening. Wharton says "When you know you are operating in the sunlight, the temptation to cut a corner is not going to be as great.” Wharton also wants more volunteers to monitor the shelter and the employees. Wharton says “This is not a closed society, we want to say this is open, this is your shelter.”
Wharton says one of the reasons he fired the director is because of missing or incomplete paperwork. Wharton says the paperwork problems are connected to drug logs that are supposed to be kept for each dog put to sleep. Wharton said, “If you are lax on these records that could send you to jail, then heaven forbid, what are you going to do about documenting you fed a dog.”
Well, it is our responsibility to spend some quality time daily to train your dog! It will take some patience, and a lot of love. But remember, just like us human, learning as we get older, animals learn as they grow too! And what is better than to spend some quality time to bond with man's best friend?
Posted by Blog Owner at 12:54 PM
Sunday, November 08, 2009