As Detroit’s economy drifted towards bankruptcy and people left to seek their fortunes elsewhere, the city’s abandoned houses became the refuge to thousands of newcomers: stray dogs.
Around 5,000 former pets roam the city’s streets in search of company and food, seemingly taking over city blocs as they do so, animal welfare advocates said Sunday. It means parts of Detroit now resemble areas of Juarez in Mexico and Mumbai in India, where packs of feral dogs have become a well-documented urban blight.
In a bid to log the dogs’ misfortune and their growing menace — Detroit is now ranked among the most dangerous places for mail carriers — a group of volunteers has spent the weekend counting strays.
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