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Stray Dogs of Detroit

Jessie Clarke of Detroit shows her scar tissue from dozens of stitches used to close a gash ripped by two pit bulls that attacked the 65-year-old outside her east side home in April. There are similar marks on one of her legs. There was a lot of biting. There were a lot of stitches, Clarke said from her dining room, looking through a window at the spot of the attack. She and other city residents are aware that Detroit is home to packs of dogs _ some vicious and others wary of people _ that have found safe haven in vacant houses and buildings.

Census for Detroit's Stray Dogs

September 22, 2013


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.