Over 50,000 stray dogs loose
Detroit is a struggling city, to say the least. Stricken by financial problems and job losses, many of Detroit's former residents have fled for better circumstances. With over 90,000 abandoned homes, Detroit is becoming a ghost town - one which is increasingly populated by stray dogs.
Many of the dogs were left behind when their owners moved away. Others were abandoned when their owners could no longer afford to care for them. Many more still were born on the streets, the product of intact strays, and technically feral.
Experts estimate between 20,000 and 50,000 stray dogs are roaming Detroit. Enough to fill a medium-sized town full of people. The problem is big, and getting bigger. Not only are the dogs at risk from the weather, sickness, and malnutrition, but Detroit's residents are increasingly at risk from aggressive packs of feral dogs.
The city, worried about its reputation, has been refusing film crews permission to film the stray dog problem. And with an unemployment rate approaching 10%, most residents of Detroit are hardly in a position to help.