Detroit: The City of Roaming Dogs
May 1, 2012 - Roaming dogs have been a part of the city of Detroit for a long time.
It's estimated that the city has the most homeless dogs in the nation at anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000. The city, the poorest major city in the country, has a hard time controlling the issue.
Many residents find that they can no longer pay to feed their dogs and just let them loose on the streets. A recent Rolling Stone article chronicled the issue in detail, along with the man who is on a mission to help the dogs and help his city.
Photo: A pack of stray dogs located on Detroit's Westside.
The Rapper and the Dogs
Rapper Daniel "Hush" Carlisle grew up seeing stray dogs roaming the streets of his city.
In 2010, Carlisle uploaded a video to YouTube about the stray dog problem in Detroit. It quickly gained a lot of attention.
The video came after the city failed to give Discovery Channel the rights to film a show about Detroit's stray dog situation, for which Carlisle was a location scout. Since then, Carlisle, along with filmmaker Monica Martino, says the city has been supportive of the group they founded, Detroit Dog Rescue.
Photo: Detroit Dog Rescue co-founder Daniel "Hush" Carlisle taking possession of an owner surrender dog in Detroit.
The dog was later adopted out to a family outside of Michigan.
Along with three other volunteers, Carisle and his team drive around the streets of the city fielding tips and looking for stray dogs who need help and who they can rescue.
"About 80 percent of all the dogs we find have been rescued," Carlisle said.
Carlisle's mission is to start the first no-kill shelter in the city.
Photo: DDR field agent Shance Carlisle examining a mixed breed pit bull. The dog belonged to a family who lost their home to foreclosure on the Eastside of Detroit. The dog was killed a week later in a dog fight.
Cash Finds a Home
DDR supporter Christopher Altman with a boxer left abandoned in a home located on the Eastside of Detroit, after the owner passed away.
The dog was left in the basement for eight months and fed occasionally by the owner’s son. This boxer was adopted to a family in Monroe, Mich. The family gave him the name Cash.
Honey Gets a Groom and a New Owner
Honey, a Chow/Terrier mix, was abandoned by her owner on the east side of Detroit. She was found tied up to an awning. Here , Honey is getting her first grooming. She was adopted by her groomer and now lives in Utica, Mich.
DDR responded to a stray dog in the neighborhood. This American pit bull mix on the east side of Detroit was found with a double chain on its neck. The dog's owner eventually claimed the dog.
The City's Bravest Help Out a Stray
This Pit bull/hound mix, found resting on a bed in an abandoned industrial area on the Eastside of Detroit, was being fed by Detroit firefighters whose department was nearby.
DDR field agent Patrick Ward gains the trust of a pit bull stray on Detroit’s Southwest side. The dog was taken in and fostered by Animal Welfare Society.
Detroit Dog Rescue field agent Shance Carlisle rescues an American pit bull mix dog left abandoned on the Eastside of Detroit.
After being treated for having a severe case of the mange, "Joany" was adopted out
"A lot of these dogs are just completely wild," Carlisle said. "And they are hard to rehabilitate because they have been on the streets their whole life and have never had to deal with people or owners."
His passion for his city and for the dogs is what motivates Carlisle. He has made himself known to the community and gets calls regularly from people about tips, stray dog sightings and he even from owners who can't afford their dogs anymore.
"I talk to everyone from postal carriers to drug dealers," he said. "I do it because I want to help these animals and these people and my city."
Photo: A pack of stray dogs located on Detroit’s Eastside in an abandoned industrial park.
The Stray Chow
A recent article in Rolling Stone has helped give Detroit Dog Rescue some attention, along with some funding.
Carlisle hopes that the momentum can keep going and that he can create a no-kill shelter.
Photo: A Chow stray on Detroit's Eastside.
This dog eluded DDR field agents and was not rescued at the time of this photograph.
This is one of the dogs available for adoption via DDR's website.
Yogi is a 9-week-old Terrier mix who is ready to come home with you.
This is Yogi's brother Joey, who is also up for adoption.
Follow Detroit Dog Rescue on Facebook and on their site here.
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