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Report: Tennessee animal shelter employees had ties to dogfighting

November 17th, 2011 1:23 pm by Staff Report

MEMPHIS (AP) — A report on the Memphis Animal Shelter says some of its employees had ties to illegal dogfighting rings.

The investigation by the Memphis Rotary Club also found workers believe some employees are exempt from shelter rules.

Mayor A C Wharton reviewed the 22-page report he received Wednesday from the club's Animal Shelter Evaluation Committee and said he was taking it immediately to the district attorney's office, according to The Commercial Appeal ( ).

The report noted that many of the dogs brought to the shelter are pit bulls and the potential for criminal activity is increased because of it.

The city opened a new shelter on Tuesday — a facility that is already full.

Shelby County Sheriff's deputies raided the old shelter in October 2009. The director, a veterinarian and an administrative supervisor were ultimately indicted on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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