2. 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.
3. Stray dogs have overcrowded Detroit’s animal shelters, and 70% of the dogs are euthanized in facilities that can’t afford to care for them.
6. Detroit has acquired more than $18 billion in debt. Financial problems have translated to cutbacks in the police and fire departments — and canine control.
7. Only four animal control officers cover the 139-square-mile city.
8. 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.
9. Pit bulls dominate the streets because of the city’s problem with organized dog fighting.
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