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Rick Moran


August 25, 2013 - 12:17 pm

I had to read this number twice to believe it. In fact, there was apparently some skepticism all around, that 50,000 wild dogs were roaming the ruins of a once great city.

But similar stories have been appearing for years, and given all the anecdotal evidence, it seems reasonable to assume that the number — and the problems associated with such a menace — are real.

Many of the dogs are pets that simply wander around the city without a license or a leash. Technically, it’s against the law to allow a dog to roam, but who’s going to enforce the law? The bottom line is that the overworked, understaffed animal control department is hopelessly overwhelmed.

Yahoo News:

“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.

There has been some pushback against the idea that there are 50,000 wild dogs in the city. The number apparently comes from the Detroit animal control division director Harry Ward. But the local Humane Society disputes the number as do some animal rescue organizations.

But the boots on the ground — the animal control officers — know what they know. If they say there are packs of  20 or more wild dogs roaming the city, I would take their word for it. Besides, there were 903 dog bites in the city last year, including one horrific incident where a woman had her scalp torn off during an attack. And the Post Office doesn’t stop delivering mail because of one or two angry dogs in a neighborhood. Regardless of the real number, Detroit has a problem — one more that they can’t solve.


The Detroit city government will never again have the funds or manpower to deal with this problem. There must be a community-wide effort to address the crisis humanely, but forcefully. Some private organizations are helping, but it’s a drop in the bucket. And the problem is exacerbated by the fact that even if there were a lot of citizens who wanted to help, dealing with packs of wild dogs is not something that should be attempted by amateurs. Trained animal control workers appear to be in short supply.

What business in their right mind would want to open up in a city with packs of wild dogs roaming free? The 70,000 abandoned buildings are an eyesore, but they sit on property that can be purchased and redeveloped. Dealing with 50,000 animals that pose a threat to the safety of citizens is a far more difficult problem and contributes to the sense that Detroit is a dead city. In short, the business climate won’t improve until they address their animal control problems.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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I have a solution. Just open a string of Korean Restaurants!
1 year ago
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Forget Robo-Cop. Detroit is ready for Mad Max.
1 year ago
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and then........ there's the zombies.....XD..........
1 year ago
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The problem with shooting the dogs is that bullets that miss can hit people a long way away. Perhaps some organization could provide tranq bullets to disable them so that the only live ammo fired would be downward. There should be a bounty on whole corpses to avoid health issues.
1 year ago
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Bounties are tricky.
They have to be high enough to entice people to kill the animals.
Low enough not to entice breeding more of them.

Google up the Hanoi rat bounty story.
1 year ago
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carnivorous pack animals gone completely wild, like dogs and such, can wreak havoc on the weak and defenseless.

as a long time avid hunter I can attest to their potential for savagery. the only sure cure (so far) that we know works, is to shoot them. I've known sheep farmers who shot them on sight. they told me that wild dogs will kill sheep just for the fun of it. they rip the insides partially out and let the sheep suffer. they will, in effect, kill all of the sheep and only eat a meal's worth. other carnivores will usually hide or save a kill, even gators. these dogs are man-made predators.

years ago a friend of mine and his son were attacked by wild dogs during the scouting time before deer seasons open, like early sept. he was lucky enough to have his hunting bow w/ practice arrows with him. threw his boy up on the 4wd roof as he stood on the hood putting arrows into the leaders before deciding they had enough. they were both o.k.

didn't I hear, back when he first took office, right after he gave unions all that $$ and free stuff, that our great and powerful oz said detroit was a shining example of his success? if so, not only was he being truthful (for once), he was being prophetic as well.

saw on Drudge where people in 'd' were reporting seeing a big nasty looking cat as well. bet they got some vampires too. couldn't happen to a nicer bunch (tic).

dave's rules for radicals: therein lies the future for all who follow simpletons.
(you can quote me on that)
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Well, it was some years ago but after they got their first strip mall, but when I visited Dutch Harbor, AK, I was told a few years prior they had had a Fourth of July picnic and dog shoot. Took the day to clear up the strays with owners keeping their pets locked up for the day.

Sounds like Detroit could use that event. I certainly don't think we need to spend more money on a failed city for a problem they should have been controlling by selling of their art collection. Burn the city, shoot the dogs, put Detroit out of our misery.
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