DETROIT — As neglect and abuse allegations are piling up against Detroit Animal Control, rescues from all over the area have been rallying together in order to save the animals from the facility.
In recent weeks, Detroit Animal Control have been accused of housing animals in tiny cages, feeding their animals off of feces and urine covered floor and not allowing the animals outside.
This week, a victory came for the rescues in the form of a new fostering program.
The Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR), a non-kill shelter, is incredibly happy to be able to step in. Kristina Rinaldi, the executive director of the DDR, says that this is an excellent first step in forming a healthy relationship with animal control.
“Without Detroit Dog Rescue they would have been euthanized by injection or — if it would’ve been too late — they actually would’ve died from heartworm,” Rinaldi said. “Half of the dogs we pull all have heartworm.”
Detroit Animal Control euthanized 75 percent of the 3,869 dogs it sheltered in 2013, and about 74 percent of the 1,145 dogs it sheltered in 2012.
Although many of the animals are now getting a real chance at a second life, there is still a long way to go before the situation is clear. Detroit Animal Control still has dogs and are still receiving more dogs per day than are being taken in by other rescues.
“I would love to see somebody who cares about the city step up and make a large donation to kind of overhaul and revamp Animal Control,” Rinaldi tells CBS. “With all of these restaurants and all of these people investing in Detroit, we would love to see people invest in services for the citizens.”
Many feel Detroit Animal Control should close its doors for good however the right steps are being made in the implementation of new procedures and better conditions in the center.
If you’d like to donate toward the medical care of the rescued animals, you can visit the Go Fund Me website set up by DDR.