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Abandoned Dogs Roam Detroit In Packs As Humans Dwindle

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Bloomberg 21/8/13

'Thousands of stray dogs roam the streets and vacant homes of bankrupt Detroit, replacing residents, menacing humans who remain and overwhelming the city’s ability to find them homes or peaceful deaths.

Poverty roils the Motor City and many dogs have been left to fend for themselves, abandoned by owners who are financially stressed or unaware of proper care. Strays have killed pets, bitten mail carriers and clogged the animal shelter, where more than 70 percent are euthanized. There are as many as 50,000 of them roaming the city, said Harry Ward, head of animal control.

Pit bulls and breeds mixed with them dominate Detroit’s stray population because of widespread dog fighting, said Ward. Males are aggressive in mating, so they proliferate, he added. '

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Jeez it's hardly complicated to round up a few dogs or to shoot them if you're tooled up.

Dogs are nothing. At the end of the Roman Empire Rome's population fell from over a million at its height, maybe 1.5 million, to 25 thousand. There were wolves and bears roaming the ruins of the ancient city which would eat anyone bold enough to venture out without serious protection.

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Jeez it's hardly complicated to round up a few dogs or to shoot them if you're tooled up.

Is there a Korean market?

You could make a bit of money while you were at it.

LOL - when I was in Saudi the arrival of Hyundai to build the Khursinayah gas plant soon resolved the local stray dog problem :lol:

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Jeez it's hardly complicated to round up a few dogs or to shoot them if you're tooled up.

Is there a Korean market?

You could make a bit of money while you were at it.

Apparently there's a plague of wild pigs causing problems in a few US states as well. Read about one young toddler coming to a very bad end, within seconds, with such wild pigs a while ago, when his Mum took her eye off him for a moment.

Plague of wild pigs has U.S. authorities squealing

LOCUST GROVE, Okla. | Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:59am EDT

Aug 24 (Reuters) - A few years ago, Jim Vich would not have dreamed of setting up an elaborate trap to catch wild hogs.

But that was before Oklahoma was invaded by a plague of pigs that devour crops, uproot pastures, destroy wildlife habitats, spread disease to humans and animals, kill trees and even knock over cemetery stones.

"I started trapping them more or less in self-defense," said Vich, 60, a livestock farmer in northeast Oklahoma. "They were tearing up my place."

... "They are the ultimate survivors," said John Mayer, manager of the environmental science group at the Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, South Carolina. "They can live pretty much anywhere, eat pretty much anything, they don't have enough predators and they reproduce faster than any other mammal."

They seldom appear in the daytime making them hard to count, but Mayer estimates there are 5.5 million feral pigs nationwide. There could be up to 8 million, up from a maximum 2 million in 1990, he said.

... Texas is the most pig-plagued state, with an estimated 2.9 million in 2011, Higginbotham said. They are present in all but one of the state's 254 counties. Florida is second and California third, according to Stevens.

http://www.reuters.c...N0GO01Q20130824

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