Detroit Dominated by Pitbulls as 50K Dogs Roam Free

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Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg News' Hans Nichols reports that Detroit's streets are overrun with up to 50,000 stray dogs as the city faces declining public works funds due to bankruptcy. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop."

It now has a new menace to fear.

Tax of feral dogs roaming the streets.

Hans nichols joins us now.

This is really an interesting outcome from the bankruptcy filing.

Stray dogs?

It is the face of any city with declining public finances and thousands of abandoned homes.

But in detroit, you have the detergent -- the additional.

Dogs are making dens of boarded- up homes.

As many as 50,000 stray canines are roaming the city.

They have far fewer dog catchers.

There were at least 17, 16 officers doing the job that we are doing today.

And in worse -- the rate was a lot nicer, a lot better.

We have worst terrain to work with and very few people.

He has a budget of $1.6 million.

He has four officers to cover the city seven days a week.

That is 11 fewer than when he took command in 2008. one.

But investigator, down from three.

In detroit, there are some 70,000 abandoned buildings.

Dogs have been chained there to ward off thieves.

This is a city with 700,000 inhabitants it down from its peak of 1.8 million.

Detroit has 18 billion dollars in debt and an operating deficit of $400 million.

The town started -- stopped accepting dogs in july because it had not paid its bill for hauling euthanize animals.

Making matters worse -- pebbles and their in-line to dominate the stray population of the city because of widespread dogfighting in detroit.

One hedge on this, these are not feral dogs that have never had any human dog -- contact your they're mostly straight that form around a female in heat.

It is bad enough that mail service has stopped in some neighborhoods.

25 postal workers have been bitten by dogs from october to july.

They deliver the mail with pepper spray and him.

What a situation there.

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