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Abandoned Dogs Flood Detroit As People Flee The Bankrupt City

Fewer Animal Control officers, declining public finances and abandoned homes have led to an increase in stray dogs in Detroit, most of whom are euthanized. "This is a humanitarian crisis" says the Humane Society of the United States.

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Poverty in the Motor City means that many residents have escaped Detroit and left their dogs behind; others are financially unable to look after their pets, or are unaware of how to find proper care.


Pet owners who move sometimes leave behind dogs, hoping neighbors will care for them. But they take to the streets and reproduce. There are approximately 70,000 abandoned buildings where animals live.

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