Estimated 50,000 stray dogs roam Detroit
City is facing an epidemic of abandoned pets.
The bankrupt city of Detroit faces plenty of problems. One of the latest is that owners who were financially strapped or uneducated about proper health care have left their dogs behind as they abandoned the city. That’s led to situations where dens of up to 20 dogs have been found in vacant homes, and as many as 50,000 dogs are fending for themselves in the Michigan city.
“The suffering of animals goes hand in hand with the suffering of people,” said Amanda Arrington of the Humane Society of the United States, based in Washington, D.C. The city, of course, has limited resources to fix the problem, but some private groups are trying to step in to help, reported NPR. Read more about it by Bloomberg
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I am so sick of hearing about the problems that Detroit has. Gangs, homeless people, empty houses and buildings going to ruin or being turned into meth labs or crack houses.....now it is dogs (at least the cats may pay for their keep by keeping the rat population down).
This whole mess did not happen overnight. The corrupt political machine, more commonly called city hall, stood by for years and let this happen. The federal government did not help any when they passed NAFTA and even before when they allowed the steel industry to go under, then the auto industry, all in the name of bug bucks and kick-backs. It has both saddened and angered me to see what has happened there, but I am powerless to help except with my vote.
My heart goes out to the working people that have homes they cannot sell and I pray for the police officers...they have a thankless job. If I was in a position of power here, I would say to every officer "Come on down Atlanta way. We sure can use your expertise to keep our area from going downhill like Detroit".
As for the over-population of dogs, I see no way to stop it except to try to gather them up, neuter and find homes for as many as possible (hopeless) or put them down. Believe me, I do not like myself for having to say that last but these animals are suffering. Few have been neutered and dog + dog = a whole lot of inbred, undesirable, unadoptable animals. I know there are those of you that will take me down for saying that but do you have a better answer?? Winters have been mild the last couple years....think what will happen if this year we have a zero and below winter with lots of snow up there? Putting an animal down is a lot more humane than letting it starve to death or freeze to death.
Yes, I have pets....one cat from the shelter and two small doxies, all neutered and well taken care of, never out of the yard for the dogs (yeah, OK, inside most of the time so we can play...they decide) and the cat is strictly inside. I live on a retirement income but I make sure they are taken good care of.
Nothing I said is a good answer to the problem. I wish I had one. Hhhmmmm.... what about fencing all the yards of those in city hall, rounding up the dogs and putting them there?? No, on second thought I would not wish that kind of a owner on any dog.
you better think people !! you have 2 weeks of oil reserve !!! HA ! SO MUCH MONEY WASTED IN A MILITARY THAT IS NOT EVEN ABLE TO WIN A WAR !!!! WHAT A DAMN WASTE !
ALL THAT MONEY COULD HAVE GIVEN YOU UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE, ERADICATED POVERTY AND YOU COULD HAVE WORKED REALLY SERIOUSLY ON FINDING NEW SOURCES OF ENERGIES ! THE CHINESE ARE BUYING 1500 CARS EACH DAY.... HOW LONG DO YOU THINK OIL IS GOING TO LAST AT THIS RATE ??? AND ONCE IT'S GONE, NO MORE MILITARY BECAUSE PLANE CAN'T FLY ON HOT AIR !
America is in debts right up to the neck, how do you think you're going to get out of this situation, there is no more money !!! AND THE PEOPLE, what about them ???? America was supposed to be paradise on earth but it has become a living hell for millions of americans !!!
YOUR FOREFATHERS MUST BE TURNING INTO THEIR GRAVES, NOTHING OF WHAT THEY WANTED FOR THE PEOPLE HAS HAPPENED !!! YOU WASTED SO MUCH IN SO LITTLE TIME !
HOW LONG DO YOU THINK AMERICA IS GOING TO LAST ???
SO YOU ALL THINK IT'S WRONG TO GET WELFARE.. PLEASE TELL ME, IS IT WRONG TO DROP BOMBS THAT COST 400 000 DOLLARS EACH ????? HOW IS THAT ? STUPID !!
YOUR COUNTRY HAD THE MEAN TO ERADICATE MOST OF YOUR SHAMFUL POVERTY THAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR COUNTRY, BUT NOOOOOOO... THEY RATHER SPEND YOUR TAXES IN SMOKE, BECAUSE THE MILITARY IS A HUGE WASTE OF MONEY ESPECIALLY, ALL THESE WEAPONS !!!
HOW MANY PEOPLE COULD YOU GET OUT OF POVERTY WITH 400 000 DOLLARS ????
YOU HAVE NO COMMON SENS !!!
Don't be too fast in blaming the poor people of Detroit !! Do you see the state of their economy ?? some of you are totally heartless !!!
Do you really believe people enjoy being poor and sick ??? And no, they don't all get welfare and even if they do, it will never be enough to get them out or poverty !!!
And for the ones that say they should leave.. oh really... and how can they do that if they don't have money to put gas in the tank, you idiots !
MANY OF THE POOR ARE ALSO SICK AND OLD!!! EDUCATE YOURSELVES, YOU, AMERICANS ARE REALLY IGNORANT !
So where are the rich americans to take care of this tragedy ??? WHERE ARE YOU ????
DETROIT NEEDS HELP WITH ALL THESE ANIMALS !!!!!!!
NO, you rather buy another mega home, you idiots !!!!
POOR DOGS ! 50 000 dogs ?? as a French person living in France, I am outraged a this !
HOW can anyone be that stupid and earthless ??? if you cannot afford a dog, then don't have one !!!!
a dog is not a toy !!!!
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