Abandoned Dogs Roam Detroit in Packs as Humans Dwindle


Detroit Dominated by Pitbulls as 50K Dogs Free

As many as 50,000 stray dogs roam the streets and vacant homes of bankrupt Detroit, replacing residents, menacing who remain and overwhelming the city's ability to find them homes or peaceful deaths.

Dens of as many as 20 canines have been found in boarded-up homes in the community of about 700,000 that once pulsed with 1.8 million people. One officer in the Police Department's skeleton animal-control unit recalled a pack splashing away in a basement that flooded when thieves ripped out water pipes.

“The dogs were having a pool party,” said , 30. “We went in and fished them out.”

Poverty roils the Motor City and many dogs have been left to fend for themselves, abandoned by owners who are financially stressed or unaware of proper care. Strays have killed pets, bitten mail carriers and clogged the animal shelter, where more than 70 percent are euthanized.

“With these large open expanses with vacant homes, it's as if you designed a situation that causes dog problems,” said Harry Ward, head of .

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The number of strays signals a humanitarian crisis, said Amanda Arrington of the Humane Society of the United States, based in

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    • Keith Carey
    • August 21, 2013

    My 90. Pound Rottweiler male was dark and big headed and looked like a Pitt.He would slap 25 pound dogs and they would roll several times and he would grab them by windpipe as they rolled.but let go as soon as they cried out.lol no training
    He was brilliant dog and opened fence handles at three months old.

    • chaoscleaner
    • August 21, 2013

    Cite decent source or we’ll just figure you are talking out the the hold you sit on.

    • chaoscleaner
    • August 21, 2013

    Seriously, do yu take the word of a stranger? Without any backup… Sigh
    People lie online even more than they lie to the police. lol

    • Christian Ovalle
    • August 21, 2013

    Great tips Cesar, thank u

    • mariri548
    • August 21, 2013

    Cesar you are fantastc !

    • Polar C
    • August 21, 2013

    Cesar!!! Yeah, I learned about the big dog small dog thing, luckily my dog is quite good with small dogs, I think it’s cause she has a best buddy that is a cat!!!

    • Itcel Flores
    • August 21, 2013

    Hola me encantan tus vídeos pero no soy bilingüe así q me encantaria q fueran subtitulados saludos

    • Romeoxes
    • August 21, 2013

    What you have 2 juniors 😀

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