The dog problem in Detroit just got a lot worse, according to a report on Friday by Eric Pfeiffer of Yahoo News, and it could be a scene right out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie it is so strange.
It began with the plummeting economy and the impact that negative situation had on those who owned pets but could no longer afford to maintain them. Now the total number of abandoned animals in the city of Detroit has skyrocketed to 50,000 dogs, and some of those animals are dangerous to the public at large. In fact, in less than a year there have been 25 mailmen bitten by the mutts on the loose. Worse, there was one woman who had her scalp bitten off by two of the feral strays.
A dog is supposed to be man's best friend, but not these animals, who have been driven to criminal behavior by owners who abandoned them. Now the city officials are at a loss as to how to address the situation, since they've had to deal with budget cuts that forced a reduction in manpower previously tasked with handling such strays. So while there used to be 15 officers and four canine bite investigators to handle the city's abandoned stray problems, now there is only four officers covering the 139 square mile area and one lone bite investigator.
The U.S. Postal Service has grown so concerned they've halted delivery in some areas to prevent future bite attacks against carriers again, especially since some of these animals roam in packs as large as 20 dogs. And private organizations have gotten involved to try and help solve the growing problem without having to euthanize the animals.
But with almost 1,000 bites recorded for the city last year, even those animal shelters bent on saving these stray pets may find that the feral dogs shouldn't be transported to other cities looking to adopt a pet. And that means there will be more pet deaths as a result of the declining American economy--and due to dogs being abandoned and left to their own devices.
Abandoned dogs in Detroit photo credit: Bloomberg.com