Survey Attempts to Number Detroit’s Stray Dogs

Corey Williams, The Big Story, September 21, 2013

It doesn’t matter to Jessie Clarke how many stray or loose dogs are roaming the ruins of Detroit. After the 65-year-old was attacked by two pit bulls outside of her east side home in April, even one or two is too many.

She’s not alone, as some Detroit residents complain that packs of dogs for years have terrorized various neighborhoods. So far, there’s been no reliable way to know how many there are, though some have guessed it’s in the thousands.

But Tom McPhee, a filmmaker and executive director of the Ann Arbor-based World Animal Awareness Society, hopes a two-day survey that started Saturday will put a number to the problem.


The more than 30,000 vacant houses and buildings that once were homes for Detroit residents now provide havens and shelter for the animals. McPhee said he plans to share the numbers to find a way to humanely deal with what has become a safety risk as the strays breed, increasing their population even as the city’s population falls.

“With so many houses open that way, there’s also a lot of rats,” McPhee said. “That’s when we start to have health problems as the rats and the dogs meet.”

{snip} State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr says the city needs to find dollars to hire more “dog catchers.”

At 8 a.m. Saturday, volunteers fanned out across Detroit’s 139 square miles. At least one team found the animals elusive. The first 90 minutes Barbara Moran and Nicole Ryan spent in a distressed west-side neighborhood turned up nothing.


McPhee’s survey is part of his American Strays research project, a documentary in syndication on the Internet. He hopes to use footage from this weekend to produce a feature-length documentary about Detroit’s stray problem. He doesn’t expect results anytime soon.


The department that handles dog complaints and rounds up strays had only six animal control officers at the start of the year, according to a report by police officials. About 1,700 strays are captured annually.

Markela Reese, 29, can’t remember the last time she saw problem dogs rounded up in her neighborhood, which is near a large wooded park. It’s often used as a dumping ground for unwanted dogs, she says.

“About 12 dogs can be seen running around on any given day,” she said Saturday. “They chase the deer.”

The packs also are threats to people, she added.

“When taking my son to school I have to carry sticks and clubs,” Reese said. “I don’t know if they are going to bite or if they are hungry.”



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  • Greg S

    Stray dogs, stray bantu’s. Save the dogs, euthanize the bantu’s.

    • CoweringCoward

      Perhaps the Bantu infestation could serve a useful purpose, one of providing the needed protein to make sure the dogs grow up healthy and strong. The dogs stand a better change of contributing to a society, well at least of not being so DESTRUCTIVE as Bantus anyway.

  • When you’re up to your neck in gators in a swamp, you don’t set out to count the exact number of gators in the swamp.

  • JohnEngelman

    Detroit residents complain that packs of dogs for years have terrorized various neighborhoods.

    – Corey Williams, The Big Story, September 21, 2013

    The dogs have been learning from packs of “teens.”

  • bigone4u

    Detroit–the City That Went to the Dogs. What a slogan for a once great city. I’d rather take my chances with the dogs since man’s best friend, unlike blacks, doesn’t bite the hand that feeds him.

    • CoweringCoward

      The city that was fed to the dogs, by black hands of course.

  • Extropico

    Are they counting the stray baby daddys in the dog numbers.

  • OlderWoman

    Probably dogs the blacks abused to train them to fight each other.

  • Spartacus

    “I have become groid, destroyer of civilizations .” – Attributed to Martin Luther King JR., plagiarist, communist, whore-monger .

    • bigone4u

      I wanted to use and source the quote, but can’t find it on the Internet. Do you happen to remember the source?

      • Spartacus

        Not sure, it just came to me now. Maybe I read it somewhere, I don’t now. I don’t think he actually said it 🙂

        • CoweringCoward

          Robert Oppenheimer, I think it was (after Trinity test), quoting an ancient Hindu text, “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”

          • Spartacus

            Yes, I know that. I was referring to Monkey Luther King .

          • CoweringCoward

            Mike King was a scum-bag of the highest order.

          • itdoesnotmatter

            Yes. It’s a misquote from the Bhagavad Gita.
            J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was somewhat obsessed with Hinduism, read the BG extensively. He
            said he was reminded of these words when he witnessed “Trinity,” the detonation of our first atomic bomb at Alamogordo. The correct quote is “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
            Decades later, profs in the Cal Physics Dept., physicists on “the Hill,” UCB’s Radiation Lab, still talk about Oppenheimer, Teller, McMillan, Lawrence. Their legacies will never die. Oppenheimer changed his mind about war time application of nuclear power; Teller never did.
            My ex has spent considerable time on the “hill.”

            When he was grad. student, we lived off Euclid, down the hill from the lab, near Cory Hall.

    • CoweringCoward

      I love that quote(please note my Discus tagline thingy)

    • Whitetrashgang

      That could be one of the best quotes ever, everyone on this site needs a T shirt with that on the front. Maybe on the back a picture of a chicken eating a watermelon.

  • libertarian1234

    “About 1,700 strays are captured annually.”

    The majority of blacks treat their little pets badly, which includes not feeding them.

    They shouldn’t be allowed to own pets.

    Rednecks are bad about pet neglect, but they’re far less abusive than blacks.

    Anybody convicted of animal abuse and neglect should get prison time after the first offense.

    • bigone4u

      There was a reality TV show on a few years back with some groid animal control officers apprehending animal abusers. It was taped in a cold, snowy place, maybe even Detroit. The black guys had no problem arresting other blacks for animal abuse.

    • CoweringCoward

      The south used to have proper “leash laws”, then the damn war of northern aggression trashed all that.

    • capnmorgan5150

      “Anybody convicted of animal abuse and neglect should get prison time after the first offense.”

      Agreed. Animal abuse is the first sign of a serial killer.

  • joesolargenius

    The sad thing about this is that they will never be able to catch all these dogs without help from the National guard or another Military group,it won’t be until after these animals began killing and eating people that they will actually take these steps. Somebody will have to lose a family member before they will spend the money or make the effort to solve this problem, otherwise they will just keep waiting for White People to do something.

    • CoweringCoward

      I am betting they already are. Hell blacks wipe out other blacks there daily and they aren’t being rounded up, not at all.

    • itdoesnotmatter

      Seen on Animal Planet over and over the soulless, heartless nature of certain groups expressed in uncaring cruelty to helpless creatures, their pets.
      Blx abandon homes, flats, leave their dogs locked in without food or water. This happens all the time.
      Messicans throw dogs out of their moving cars. In Mexico there are dead dogs all along the roadside.
      Or, Messicans get puppies, tie them up out back, don’t tend them, never upsize the collar as the dog grows, it embeds itself into the flesh of the poor creature’s neck. The dog cries 24/7.
      Finally, summoned by alarmed neighbors, animal rescuers take the animals in to their volunteer SPCA vets who anesthetize the dog, surgically remove the embedded neck collars, irrigate and disinfect the deep hole, suture it closed.

      The penalty? A fine.

  • Pax Romana

    “The dogs find shelter in Detroit’s 30,000 vacant homes.”

    I’ve already seen this on History Channel’s popular show, ‘Life After [White] People’.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    This is what Coleman Young wanted: A chocolate city with nothing but dogs and cockroaches left. And, it looks like the dogs are the ONLY civilized creatures left in that town.

    Let PETA and the demoRATS take care of them.


    Obama can have a Muslim dog feast in Detroit with his pals from the Muslim brotherhood.

    “away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat….”

    — Barak Obama, “Dreams From My Father”

    This is win-win, after all, obama DID promise a “Dog in Every Pot”


  • MekongDelta69

    As long as they’re wasting money, why don’t they do a survey to count Detroit’s stray people.

  • Baboon

    If blacks are able to kill people without feeling any type of emotion, I can’t imagine what they do to their dogs. And that wild ape Mike Vick set dogs back 200 years in the black kamoonity.

  • Puggg

    They’ll probably find mostly pit bulls, dobermans and rottweilers when they start counting.

    No pugs, though.

    • Jefferson

      Pugs are not the dog of choice for the urban inner city demographic. I mostly see White people and Asian people with pugs.

  • IstvanIN

    The History Channel presents: Life After People.

    Need I say more?

  • Whitetrashgang

    Looks good on the groids, let them feel how its like to be around them.

  • capnmorgan5150

    Hilarious! I left a comment to that effect, check it out!

    • itdoesnotmatter

      So did I, but it’ll be moderated.

    • When I saw the first few seconds of this video, I thought to myself that there will be a scene somewhere in the vid where whites are cutting grass and blacks are sitting on the porch drinking forties. The scene I point out is as close as it came to that.

  • Jenkem Huffington

    Oh yeah, it’s got to be the packs of feral DOGS that is the main problem in Detroit, certainly not the marauding packs of Mandingos