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50,000 Stray Dogs Roam Detroit as Human Population Dwindles

Detroit, once the epicenter of American auto manufacturing, formerly a major global hub of commerce and industry, is now suffering through the worst economic collapse that any single city in this nation has ever seen. As more and more residents flee the once thriving Motor City – the population has dropped from 1.8 million to just over 700,000 in only a few years – those that remain find themselves dealing with a new, heartbreaking development.

The playing children, picnicking families, and successful businesses that once filled the streets and homes of Detroit are quickly being replaced with packs of abandoned dogs, former family pets left behind, strays and their offspring, left to fend for themselves while the city is overwhelmed.

An estimated 50,000 homeless dogs are taking up residence in vacant buildings, roaming the streets in packs in search of food and water, or living alone, chained to their former home in a desperate attempt by the owner to protect their property in a city overrun with crime.

23 Animal Control officers pick up an average of 40 stray dogs every single day. But kennels are filled to capacity and, with few adoptions, 90% of these dogs are euthanized, no matter what their health or temperament is.

Hush Carlisle, a dog lover born and raised in Detroit and desperate to see his city change, for both the people and the dogs, created the video below, to show the American public the growing stray dog problem that the city of Detroit does not want you to see:

To learn more about Detroit’s dogs, visit

Detroit Dog Rescue focuses on raising awareness of the mounting homeless and stray dog problem in Detroit, along with advocating for humane rescue alternatives such as no-kill sheltering, foster care and adoptions, pet identification and healthy pet population control through spay and neutering. DDR has an added mission to open Motown’s first no-kill shelter.

Visit Detroit Dog Rescue on Facebook by clicking here.




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