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Dozens Of Dead Dogs Exposed By Melting Snow At Sprawling Detroit Park
CBS Detroit ^ | March 21, 2014 | Detroit Animal Welfare Group

Posted on 03/21/2014 8:26:23 PM PDT by yldstrk

DETROIT (WWJ) - A city employee came upon unspeakable horror while working on Detroit’s west side when he uncovered dozens of dead, frozen dogs.

Dead dogs curled into fetal positions, covered in scars and lacerations — these are some of the graphic and grisly images taken at the River Rouge Park, along West Outer Drive between Plymouth Road and West Warren Avenue. CBS Detroit opted not to post the photos because of their graphic nature.

Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) board member Nicole Litzelman said at least 28 large dogs, mostly pit bulls and Mastiff mixes, were found only when the snow started to thaw.

“Because of the heavy snowfall in the month of January, a lot of these deceased bodies were discarded there because it was easier to cover them up. Also, it was an unusually cold month where a lot of dogs froze outside or were left to starve to death,” Litzelman told WWJ’s Kathryn Larson. “This is just a small tip of the iceberg. Right now, since the snow is melting, I’m sure we’re going to find quite a few more bodies in the park.”

Litzelman believes many of the dogs are innocent victims, forced into the ring by humans to fight other dogs to the death.

“A lot of people when they do these illegal activities, they can’t put them out in the trash because even a lot of the trash collectors will report dead animals in the trash,” she said. ”Or much less, they don’t want to draw any attention to the house where they’re fighting the dogs illegally.”

Litzelman said the park has become a dumping ground for dogs killed in fights.

“A majority of them are due to illegal activities, such as fighting. It’s consistent with the bite wounds that are on the dogs. Most of them have either bled to death or have large gaping wounds that were never treated,” she said. “The park is well-know for dog fighting and has a high activity for drugs and other illegal activities.”

While some of the dogs were clearly involved in fighting activities, other appear to have been strays or worse — dropped off by families that at one time might have loved them. One dog in particular was found dead inside its kennel, dumped along the side of the road.

“It’s just very sad and disturbing to see. I mean, there’s kids riding on buses in the city of Detroit that pass by these dead dogs every day, just laying in the park. People walk through the park, they drive through the park, they see these animal carcasses laying all around. It’s one of the biggest problems that we have right now in the city,” she said.

Several of the dogs at the park are still alive, even clinging to life, but Litzelman said those dogs are in even more danger.

“The park is about 1,200 acres and there’s so many animals running around down there, and there’s actually some people who try to gather some of the dogs that have been discarded that are still alive, and they actually try to lure them and take them and use them for fighting as bait dogs,” she said. “We were just tipped off that there are some people down there trying to feed these dogs to use them as bait dogs.”

To raise awareness of the growing problem, DAWG has organized a walk-through at River Rouge Park, taking place at noon Saturday.

“We’re going to have quite a few volunteers come out there and meet us, bring garbage bags and try to clean up some of the park by removing the deceased bodies, trying to see if we can catch some live dogs by setting up traps, and hopefully try to thwart off some of the illegal dog fighting activities going on in the park,” she said. “The city is cash-strapped and is having issues as far as police coverage and animal control coverage so somebody has got to try to take ahold of the problem and do something.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: animalcruelty; detroit; dog; michigan
disgusting pukes in Detroit

I despise people who fight dogs

1 posted on 03/21/2014 8:26:23 PM PDT by yldstrk
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To: yldstrk

Michael Vick approves.


2 posted on 03/21/2014 8:27:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: yldstrk

My country is a third world country. I feel fortunate because I own a pair of shoes. I hope my children will be as fortunate as I when they reach my age, but life has no guarantees.


3 posted on 03/21/2014 8:28:53 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: dfwgator

that bassturd

I am so turned off by the NFL continuing to have that puke play footbal


4 posted on 03/21/2014 8:29:21 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

Make illegal. That’ll solve it!

Anyone abusing animals needs to be....abused back.


5 posted on 03/21/2014 8:32:54 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: yldstrk

When I read your headline, I thought that they froze to death.
Yes, dog fighting is despicable.


6 posted on 03/21/2014 8:32:54 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: yldstrk
A city employee came upon unspeakable horror...

Did he find the dumpster behind the abortion clinic?

7 posted on 03/21/2014 8:33:47 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: yldstrk

Michael Vick ever spend time in Detroit?


8 posted on 03/21/2014 8:36:15 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: dfwgator
and he just got hired by the NY Jets...
9 posted on 03/21/2014 8:36:30 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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10 posted on 03/21/2014 8:37:01 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: yldstrk

Kind of interesting that this draws more media attention than the beheaded corpses in the Syrian slaughterhouses exposed by Walid Shoebat.


11 posted on 03/21/2014 8:37:43 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ar-WOOOOOOOO!


12 posted on 03/21/2014 8:38:07 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: yldstrk

A guy who drove a snowplow for a small town related that his snowplow would turn up dead cats in the streets around a certain cranky old guy’s house. When it snowed heavily, he would shoot the ubiquitous cats in the neighborhood, some feral, and some from neighbors who allowed their pets outside.


13 posted on 03/21/2014 8:38:27 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: gusopol3

I can’t help but feel that evil is exploding in this world.

Maybe it’s just that we didn’t hear about it before but definitely seems way worse than ever. I fear for my children and their children.


14 posted on 03/21/2014 8:42:37 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Aria

It is. I moved from the city, got rid of my tv, I can’t escape it. The NFL is dead to me and has been for a while.


15 posted on 03/21/2014 8:55:48 PM PDT by blastbaby
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To: yldstrk

“Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it.”


16 posted on 03/21/2014 8:55:49 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Aria

Partly it is increased exposure, but there is a growing blight of callous and degenerate disregard for all norms; a rejection of empathy.


17 posted on 03/21/2014 8:59:31 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (My citizenship is not here.)
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To: yldstrk
The city is cash-strapped and is having issues as far as police coverage and animal control coverage so...

Incredible that this is just left to volunteers to try to fix. It sounds worse than many Third World locations.

18 posted on 03/21/2014 9:25:11 PM PDT by BlackVeil ('The past is never dead. It's not even past.' William Faulkner)
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To: yldstrk

It’s disgusting what people will do, it’s even more disgusting what they’ll do to other people.


19 posted on 03/21/2014 9:31:19 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: JSDude1
Is this happening in America ?

Oh wait, nevermind, I just realized this is not the America I grew up in, it is the new hope and change version of a degenerate once great society in decline

20 posted on 03/21/2014 9:44:22 PM PDT by KTM rider
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To: Chode; MeshugeMikey
"A lot of people when they do these illegal activities"

People?

"Teenagers"?

21 posted on 03/21/2014 9:58:45 PM PDT by Salamander (SNEK!!!)
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To: dfwgator

NY and Vick deserve each other.


22 posted on 03/21/2014 10:09:12 PM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: yldstrk

gee wonder who in detroit would do this kind of crap.


23 posted on 03/21/2014 10:50:14 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: yldstrk
I freakin HATE people who fight dogs. Lord forgive me- but I hate them. They are scum of the earth. I just can't even begin to fathom how anyone in good conscience could be involved in such a bloody vicious thing. Arghhhh!
24 posted on 03/22/2014 1:27:38 AM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.>)
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To: Secret Agent Man

“Teenagers”


25 posted on 03/22/2014 1:45:58 AM PDT by Salamander (SNEK!!!)
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To: jjotto

It's a real pain getting shot ---- right in the neighborhood.

26 posted on 03/22/2014 2:03:19 AM PDT by BlueDragon (You can observe a lot just by watching. Yogi Berra)
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To: yldstrk

A friend of mine, heart in the right place type person, volunteered for a couple of years at a local animal shelter. She is in the network regarding info on the mistreatment of animals. She was advising that the powers that be in the animal welfare organizations are finding out that people innocently list their unwanted pets on such sites as Craig’s List looking to place them for adoption. Along comes some sweet young thing to view the pet, gushes over it, avows it will get a good loving home with her, and away they go. The dogs then often end up in these dog fight rings, are abused into becoming vicious, serve out their usefulness in the ring, then die as a result or because they become useless. Better to euthanize a pet then put them thru that horror me thinks.


27 posted on 03/22/2014 2:20:55 AM PDT by RushLake (Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. (Emerson))
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To: yldstrk

About ten years ago, there was a powerful stench in my office building garage that fronts on an alley. I discovered that it was coming from the trash of the next door neighbor. There was a dead dog lying on top of the trash can, and its flesh had a large bare patch and the whole body was covered in maggots.

I called the city animal control, and health departments, and got no response, so I finally tracked down the building owner, and he sent someone out to dispose of the corpse.

I thought a tenant in the neighboring building had disposed of a dead pet, but I was told that dog fighters dispose of their losers by throwing them in any available dumpster or trash can. If my memory is anywhere near accurate, the dead dog was pit bull.

I’ve watched all those nature shows on TV in which animals attack other animals. It’s instinct and survival for them. They need to eat, defend their turf, and reproduce. But, for humans to make them do it for entertainment and profit is pure evil.


28 posted on 03/22/2014 2:59:05 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: blastbaby

“The NFL is dead to me and has been for a while.”

Me too


29 posted on 03/22/2014 3:00:00 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: yldstrk

Knuckledraggers that engage in dogfighting are among the lowest form of life and are deserving of an agonizing death.


30 posted on 03/22/2014 3:49:16 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Revolt is coming.


31 posted on 03/22/2014 4:03:46 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: yldstrk

Not surprised.


32 posted on 03/22/2014 4:05:54 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Dogfighting disgusts me

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Michigan legislative action thread
33 posted on 03/22/2014 4:25:56 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: gusopol3

True. I didn’t hear a word about that. Too much time being spent speculating about the plane.


34 posted on 03/22/2014 4:55:45 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: yldstrk

People who do this should be crucified.


35 posted on 03/22/2014 4:58:54 AM PDT by ZULU (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: cripplecreek

Out here in the boonies I’ve seen three or four intact dead deer emerge here and there along the major arteries, as well as assorted raccoons and other small critters. It was a deep freeze for months, as you well know.


36 posted on 03/22/2014 5:01:53 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: yldstrk
There's a certain demographic in America that does not even care for their children. Do you think they will treat dogs any better?
37 posted on 03/22/2014 5:08:59 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Aria
I can’t help but feel that evil is exploding in this world.

I think that evil has always been here and there is no increase as a percentage of the population today. We just have more people now and the total expression is greater.

38 posted on 03/22/2014 5:55:21 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: Salamander
Urban Yoots...
39 posted on 03/22/2014 7:04:40 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: dfwgator

Vick is worse than most dog fighters. He is a psycho sadist extraordinaire.


40 posted on 03/22/2014 7:10:49 AM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: yldstrk
I follow these folk on facebook

A few years ago there were about 50,000 stray dogs running loose in Detroit. These guys rounded up and helped a lot of them...the remaining ones that were not from dogfighting were probably too feral to be caught.

Anyway DDR is awesome.

41 posted on 03/22/2014 7:15:14 AM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: MarMema

that is awesome

where I am we have the Kansas city Pet Project

There are a lot of pitties


42 posted on 03/22/2014 7:19:34 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk
city employee came upon unspeakable horror

Then why is the reporter talking about it?

43 posted on 03/22/2014 7:27:05 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Salamander

Youth! Aspiring Rappers ..Aspiring Convicts


44 posted on 03/22/2014 7:38:06 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ("Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: BlueDragon

*SNORT*


45 posted on 03/22/2014 8:11:28 AM PDT by gibsosa
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To: OldPossum
I think that evil has always been here and there is no increase as a percentage of the population today. We just have more people now and the total expression is greater.

True enough. Even in the bible cities are generally described as places where evil and vice had found a home.

My grandmother lived in Detroit for a few months as a child in the 20s or 30s. Even then she said the playground they played in was a concrete pad in a chain link cage.
46 posted on 03/22/2014 8:24:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: OldPossum

One thing.....it used to be that deviancy was shameful and now it’s celebrated and it seems that attention grabbers, including so many celebrities desiring influence and fame, just expand and glorify the deviant behavior.

The story of the 2 lesbians starving 3 kids in California - 2 of the kids were adopted. Would lesbians even be allowed to adopt in the past? Child porn - it all over the place. Verizon has refused to censor it from their system. And on and on.

To me, Ignoring God’s laws has proven to be a great cost to our society. Lines are crossed and we all end up paying the price. I always told my kids “everything is not ok”. Problem is today if the lawyers get away with arguing that something is ok - or not - then most people accept it.

There are times that I don’t want to read the news but burying my head in the sand isn’t a solution, unfortunately.


47 posted on 03/22/2014 8:43:21 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: yldstrk

There is a place on the north east side of Houston where people dump trash and dogs. They don’t freeze to death there but it is just as cruel. May the people who do this rot in hell!


48 posted on 03/22/2014 8:55:35 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: yldstrk
Nuke Detroit from orbit; use a 50 megaton thermonuclear weapon set to detonate at 2000 meters, its the only way to be sure you get them all.
Yes the dogs, cats and other more deserving life forms will die in the ensuing fireball but it will be quick and merciful, unlike what the two legged animals are currently perpetrating.
49 posted on 03/22/2014 4:47:18 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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