The lead in an article in the August 22 edition of the Chicago Tribune read, "Thousands of stray dogs roam the streets and vacant homes of ____________, (blank space added) menacing humans who remain and overwhelming the city’s ability to find them homes-or peaceful deaths.”
The article wasn’t about stray dogs overwhelming the resources of a third world city. It was about what is happening in Detroit, Michigan, a city that was once one of the mightiest industrial cities in the world.
“The number of strays signals a humanitarian crisis,” said Amanda Arrington of the Humane Society of the United States.
During the recording of an upcoming episode of Max A Pooch’s Awesome Animal Advocates, Karen McCumsey founder of For the Love of Pets of Streator, IL talks about the consequences to pets when their owners abandon their homes or are evicted from homes. She says, “Frequently when eviction comes pet owners usually haven’t thought about what will happen or what to do with their pets.”
McCumsey does everything she can in rural Streator to reduce the consequences of what happens to dogs and other pets when their owners are evicted from apartment or lose their homes. Her work includes operating a rescue organization, finding foster homes, and working with the humans involved and more.
Abandoned dogs can create a potential menace, multiply, and in addition to becoming nuisances also suffer from disease, injuries in dog fights and malnutrition. In Detroit the problem has become staggering.
For example, It is said, "Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow stops the mail," but the problem created by viscous stray dogs has become so bad it is reported roaming dogs caused the U.S. Postal Service to temporarily halt mail delivery in some neighborhoods.
According to the Chicago Tribune “In July, the pound stopped accepting more animals for a month because the city hadn't paid a service that hauls away euthanized animals for cremation at a cost of about $20,000 a year. The freezers were packed with carcasses, and pens were full of live animals until the bill was paid."
Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying"I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man ."
The question is how many animal advocates and animal lovers are ready to step forward and help the dogs and other creatures abandoned in Detroit by their humans? Will this nation have the heart and the will to save them, or will the solution be euthanasia for tens of thousands of dogs?
Keith Sanderson writes Celebrity Animal Advocacy Examiner, Chicago Animal Advocacy Examiner, and Chicago Pet Products Examiner. He also created and hosts Max A Pooch's Awesome Animal Advocates on Pet Life Radio. Awesome Advocates is unique in that each episode is dedicated to animal advocates and created for them, their supporters and animal lovers everywhere.
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