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Forum Post: 50,000 Abandoned Dogs Roaming Streets of Detroit in Packs

Posted 4 years ago on Aug. 22, 2013, 10:41 a.m. EST by LeoYo (5909)
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50,000 Abandoned Dogs Roaming Streets of Detroit in Packs


Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News16 hours agoThe SideshowPetsDetroit

Packs of wild, abandoned dogs are roaming the streets of Detroit, leaving city officials overwhelmed at the prospect of handing an issue that raises both animal rights and safety concerns.

“It was almost post-apocalyptic, where there are no businesses, nothing except people in houses and dogs running around,” the Humane Society of the United States director Amanda Arrington told Bloomberg News about a recent visit to Detroit. “The suffering of animals goes hand in hand with the suffering of people.” Bloomberg reports that packs of the dogs have been spotted in groups as large as 20. In one case, Detroit police officer Lapez Moore said the city’s animal-control unit recently found several of the dogs inside a flooded basement where thieves had torn out the building’s water pipes.

“The dogs were having a pool party,” Moore said. “We went in and fished them out.”

But the reality of the situation is more dire than an impromptu animal pool party. Local shelters say they are forced to euthanize about 70 percent of the dogs that are brought it, and their facilities are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of abandoned and stray animals. The stray-dog claims may sound hard to believe, but they are backed by a number of similar stories over the past two years confirming that the city’s economic woes have created a crisis that extends beyond the city’s declining human population. As far back as 2003, National Geographic reported the growing number of feral dogs in Detroit.

And there are a growing number of stories surrounding the thousands of dogs that are not brought in.

The city says there were 903 reported dog bites last year, including a woman who had her scalp bitten off by two strays.

Attacks have become so prevalent that the U.S. Postal Service has temporarily halted delivery to some of Detroit’s neighborhoods after 25 carriers reported being bitten by dogs from October 2012 through July 2013, the story notes.

In a truly bizarre development, mail carrier Catherine Guzik said she was attacked by “swarms of tiny, ferocious dogs” while on the job. “It’s like Chihuahuaville,” she said.

Pit bills, or mixed breeds of the dog, are the most prevalent type of dog left out in the wild. Animal control officials say the dogs are often used for criminal purposes by individuals who rely on the dogs to guard abandoned homes where stolen property is kept.

“With these large open expanses with vacant homes, it’s as if you designed a situation that causes dog problems,” Harry Ward, head of the city’s animal control department, told Bloomberg.

Ward says the problem is compounded by the fact that his department’s budget has been slashed while the number of stray dogs has skyrocketed. According to Ward, he has four officers to cover all 139 square miles of his department’s jurisdiction and only one employee to deal with dog-bite investigations. When he started the job in 2008, Ward said the city had 15 officers and four dog-bite investigators.

“We are really suffering from fatigue, short staffed” and work too much overtime, he said.

A number of private organizations have stepped in to address the issue with plans to create a no-kill shelter to house some of the animals. But in the meantime, residents and city officials say they are at a loss for a viable solution to bring the situation under control.



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[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 years ago

Something else that can be traced back to Gov. Engler cutting off State funds to the city.


Although strangely enough, it's a story that suddenly goes viral, during the bankruptcy.

A story "broke" by the increasingly right wing yahoo news service.

[-] 0 points by summerbummer (-33) 4 years ago

Let's see...

50 yrs of Democratic Rule

Some of highest property taxes in the nation. Is MI different, whereas the localalities don't keep their prop tax receipts? Or, is it because 1/2 the prop owners aren't paying. Kind of a microcosm of our country and income taxes.....hmmm, that's not good, is it?

Highest city income tax in MI

A leftwing dream. HIGH TAXES. What could possible go wrong? http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2013/07/29/virtually-unreported-detroits-bankruptcy-came-sky-high-tax-rates-not-sma

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 4 years ago

since most property is privately own that is where the wealth of the nation resides

[-] 0 points by summerbummer (-33) 4 years ago

And that wealth can quickly evaporate!

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 4 years ago

oddly, it collects in pools and stagnates out the economy more often

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 years ago

A repost from CATO, reposted by busters??

Buster is another name for a fart, and this certainly is one of those.

Where does it mention the amount of that property that's abandoned?

Ever seen the Packard plant?

Where does it mention the effects of the libe(R)tarian Hedley amendment that's been in place since the 70s?

Where does it mention the monies promised to the city by Engler, that he never paid??

It doesn't.

It just more libe(R)tarian bullshit.


[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 years ago

Trying to keep the rabid libe(R)tarians at bay.

What were you doing?

I did provide a dated link to prove my point.


[-] -2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 years ago

I didn't vote for Engler.

He raped my state for ALEC, the Koch's and various libe(R)tarian concerns.


[-] -2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 years ago


You don't know shit zilla.

I posted all of it already.

Go look it up.

Engler is a Koch brother's trained, ALEC operative.

One of the first, in fact..

[-] 1 points by schwa (-6) 4 years ago

Evidently he's better at his job than (D)etroit's leaders were.

[-] -2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 years ago

Well, he did let nuts like you out of the loony bins, when he shut them down.

So, a plus for you anyway, at least until they toss you in jail.

Is that why you can't get a driver license?


[-] -1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 years ago

What city is that?


You have no idea what happened in Detroit.

You have no idea what's happening in Michigan, "right" now.

You really have no place to comment.

You have added exactly nothing in terms of understanding.


I reiterate.



[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 years ago

It still doesn't hold a candle to what Engler did, and is still doing.

Enough said.

Get an education.

You've become a pointless bore.


[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 years ago


Uninformative, immature and very, very odd.


[-] 1 points by forourfutures (393) 4 years ago

It shows the true nature of cities. The message I get is that communities over about 30k just cannot sustain a balance without corporate foundation.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5843) 4 years ago

Sacrifice Zone.

[-] 1 points by LeoYo (5909) 4 years ago

Yet another symptom of the urban decay to afflict Detroit.


[-] -2 points by Narley (272) 4 years ago

Two things:

  1. I love animals as much as the next person, but wild dogs are dangerous. They should allow hunters to kill the dogs and get rid of the carcass. If they don’t the problem will just get worse.

  2. Detroit is beyond saving. It’s not coming back. Plow it under for farmland. I know Detroit isn’t the only city with serious financial problems. Stockton, CA comes to mind just off the top of my head. The difference between Detroit and the other bankrupt cities is the other cities have a chance of renewal. Detroit is lost.

I know shooz doesn’t like to discuss Detroit’s problems. It’s understandable. I mean no one likes to see where they live turn bad. But at some point tou have to accept the facts. Detroit is lost. It will never recover. That’s just the way it is.