In another blow to the once bustling City of Detroit, the Detroit Kennel Club was forced to cancel their annual dog show. The DKC Dog Show has been drawing huge crowds, over 2500 purebred dogs and 40,000 spectators in its prime, for the last 98 years.
For many, the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show was an annual tradition. Many fans of the event have attended year after year. One breeder is devastated, as this would have been her 50th consecutive year showing her award winning Dachshunds.
Since Purina withdrew sponsorship of the big event three years ago, the DKC has struggled to find sponsors to support the event. This year’s event, originally scheduled for March 2 and 3, 2014, has, as a result of lack of financing, been cancelled.
The city of Detroit continues to suffer since filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. 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. Buildings and homes sit abandoned, crumbling.
Events such as the Detroit Kennel Club’s Annual Dog Show are forced to cancel after nearly a century of success, due to dwindling crowds and lack of financial partners.
The Detroit Kennel Club says they will spend the next year looking for ways to bring the event back to life and searching for new sponsorship.
For more information, visit the Detroit Kennel Club’s website by clicking here.