Detroit’s Dog Problem: 50,000 Strays Roam the Streets

Written by: Phil Monahan

A shocking report from Bloomberg News describes an epidemic of abandoned dogs in the struggling city of Detroit. As humans have fled and the economy has collapsed, up to 50,000 dogs may have been left behind:

The number of strays signals a humanitarian crisis, said Amanda Arrington of the Humane Society of the United States, based in Washington. She heads a program that donated $50,000 each to organizations in Detroit and nine other U.S cities to get pets vaccinated, fed, spayed and neutered.

Arrington said when she visited Detroit in October, “It was almost post-apocalyptic, where there are no businesses, nothing except people in houses and dogs running around.”

“The suffering of animals goes hand in hand with the suffering of people.”

The cash-strapped city government doesn’t have the resources to deal with the situation, as just four animal control officers patrol some 139 square miles of streets and alleys.

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City of Detroit Animal Control officer Malachi Jackson with a pit bull that was captured on August 19, 2013.
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An unusual advocate for the strays is a rapper called Hush, who launched a nonprofit called Detroit Dog Rescue with television producer Monica Martino. Watch Hush explain the problem in the video below.

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