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Stray Dogs of Detroit

A stray dog looks out from its makeshift shelter in east Detroit. Thousands of strays are believed to live among the more than 30,000 vacant houses and abandoned buildings that dot Detroitâs 139 square miles, said Tom McPhee, a filmmaker and executive director of the Ann Arbor-based World Animal Awareness Society.

Census for Detroit's Stray Dogs


Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy protection in July. The more than 30,000 vacant houses and buildings that once were

homes for Detroit residents now provide havens and shelter for the stray dogs.

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr says the city needs to find dollars to hire more "dog catchers."


Reporting by Corey Williams, Associated Press.