Friday, August 20, 2010

Animal Lovers Say Recent Animal Deaths Should Be "Wake-Up Call" For Community

by: Shelvia Dancy

Eight dead dogs at one house – that's what Memphis police found inside a home in the University of Memphis area Thursday afternoon. Animal experts say cases like this should be a wake-up call.

“I'd like to know what the necropsies are going to turn up: were [the dogs] starved, were they sick?” wondered Nina Wingfield, president of the Memphis chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “If they were starved or needed medical attention, that's aggravated cruelty, that's a felony.”

Animal control officers also removed 11 living dogs from the home. Memphis City Animal Shelter Director Matthew Pepper said people often think they're doing what's best by taking in multiple animals, but over time some don't acknowledge there's a problem. He said animal hoarding is a disease, not cruelty by intent..."

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