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Advocates: Problems persists despite MAS building demolition

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Like the old building, city officials contend many old practices have been dismantled. Like the old building, city officials contend many old practices have been dismantled.

(WMC-TV) - The former Memphis Animal Services building is being demolished, but animal advocates say problems persist.

The city's animal shelter was raided four years ago as of this October. That raid uncovered abuse, mismanagement, and a general lack of concern.

"I just wish for the sake of all the animals that were killed there, that a new idea would resurrect itself," said animal advocate Jan Courtney.

Courtney is with the group Save Our Shelter, which kept a close watch on activities at the old shelter. They continues to monitor things inside the new shelter off Appling Road.

"Everything bad that went on at the old facility on Tchulahoma [Road] is, to me, still going on. It's documented through the Freedom of Information Act and reported through the media," said Courtney.

Like the old building, city officials contend many old practices have been dismantled. Including that a dozen employees recently completed training with the National Animal Control Association. They say adoption rates are up, while euthanizations are down.

"We go through a cycle of hearing really bad things, then things die down, then there's reaction. It's a cycle we seem to have," said Courtney.

The city used land owned by the airport for the old shelter. The airport authority has no immediate plans for the property once the building is torn down.

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