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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) – - There is confusion over a new Memphis Animal Services photo policy.

Rescue groups are no longer allowed to take photos of dogs that are not yet the property of MAS.

MAS says the policy has been in effect since 2009 in order to protect pets and their owners.

FOX13 spoke with rescue groups who say not photographing the strays or health holds which only become MAS property after 72 hours is only going to hurt the animals.

“As far as the policy of not photographing the animals, it doesn’t make any sense. The review date comes along and that’s when photos are allowed and most of them are killed on that review date,” says Jan Courtney of SOS Memphis.

Animal advocates are talking about a memo released on the city’s website that says what photos of pets at the shelter can be taken.

In part it says, photos can only be taken after strays or health holds have been there for 72 hours and legally have become property of Memphis Animal Services.

The problem?  Animal advocates say they’ve already been photographing the strays and health holds for years and don’t understand why the policy has changed.

“I’m outraged. We would take pictures and network them on Facebook and so many got adopted. Now going in later, I think is retaliation,” says animal advocate Cindy Sanders.

The memo goes on to say,” MAS views the emotional trauma of such an unfortunate misunderstanding too great a risk and therefore asks rescuers and MAS partners to allow the 72 hour holding period to expire before taking and sharing photos of those animals.”

FOX13 confirmed this statement with Director of Memphis Animal Services, James Rogers.

Rogers says he will continue working with rescue groups. They simply have to follow this policy.

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