Thousands of Dogs Roaming the Streets of Detroit
8/21/2013 2:00:00 PM - Katie Pavlich
Looking for a new dog? You can get one for free on the streets of Detroit
as the city continues its downward spiral after filing for bankruptcy in July.
As many as 50,000 stray dogs roam the streets and vacant homes of bankrupt Detroit, replacing residents, menacing humans 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 Lapez Moore, 30. “We went in and fished them out.”
Detroit doesn't have the resources or the money to take of the dogs and sadly, 70 percent of dogs caught are euthanized.