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Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 28, 2012
Contact: ALISON GRASHEIM, agrasheim@alleycat.org or (240) 482-1985; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or (202) 207-1134

ALLEY CAT ALLIES URGES MAJOR OVERHAUL AT MEMPHIS ANIMAL SHELTER AFTER CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS
Expresses gratitude to local authorities for “significant” undercover investigation

BETHESDA, MD— Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today thanked Memphis, Tenn. Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. and Police Director Toney Armstrong for overseeing a long investigation into practices at the Memphis animal shelter that uncovered criminal animal cruelty and other serious charges.

The two-year undercover investigation at Memphis Animal Services resulted in six employees convicted of animal cruelty, as well as evidence of shelter dogs being used in dog fighting rings. It also found deteriorating conditions at the facility that caused major suffering.

“We are grateful to law enforcement authorities in Memphis for treating this case with the seriousness it deserves, including pursuing felony charges for many of these horrible criminal acts,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.

“We are also hopeful that conditions at the shelter will improve under the new leadership,” said Robinson. “While mandatory training for shelter employees is important, this training is only the first step in a much needed major overhaul of policies and procedures that will truly protect animals.”

“These cruel practices and deplorable conditions are failing the animals and citizens of Memphis. We join with Memphis residents in calling for immediate life-saving changes and reform that reflect a completely new direction for the shelter,” said Robinson.

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About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 260,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Their web site is www.alleycat.org.