Detroit, once the powerful engine of the American economy, has seen its population dwindle to about 700,000 from 1.8 million. The poverty-stricken city has as many as 50,000 abandoned dogs left to fend for themselves, taking shelter in some of the estimated 70,000 vacant homes. There are only four City of Detroit Animal Control officers trying to cover a 139-square-mile city seven days a week, taking in as many as 15,000 animals a year.
Left, City of Detroit Animal Control officer Malachi Jackson with a pregnant pit bull that was captured in Detroit on August 19, 2013.
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