Skip to comments.Dozens Of Dead Dogs Exposed By Melting Snow At Sprawling Detroit Park
Posted on 03/21/2014 8:26:23 PM PDT by yldstrk
DETROIT (WWJ) - A city employee came upon unspeakable horror while working on Detroits 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 WWJs Kathryn Larson. This is just a small tip of the iceberg. Right now, since the snow is melting, Im sure were 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 cant 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 dont want to draw any attention to the house where theyre 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. Its 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.
Its just very sad and disturbing to see. I mean, theres 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. Its 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 theres so many animals running around down there, and theres 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.
Were 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.
I despise people who fight dogs
Michael Vick approves.
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.
I am so turned off by the NFL continuing to have that puke play footbal
Make illegal. That’ll solve it!
Anyone abusing animals needs to be....abused back.
When I read your headline, I thought that they froze to death.
Yes, dog fighting is despicable.
Did he find the dumpster behind the abortion clinic?
Michael Vick ever spend time in Detroit?
Kind of interesting that this draws more media attention than the beheaded corpses in the Syrian slaughterhouses exposed by Walid Shoebat.
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.
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.
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.
“Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it.”
Partly it is increased exposure, but there is a growing blight of callous and degenerate disregard for all norms; a rejection of empathy.
Incredible that this is just left to volunteers to try to fix. It sounds worse than many Third World locations.
It’s disgusting what people will do, it’s even more disgusting what they’ll do to other people.
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
NY and Vick deserve each other.
gee wonder who in detroit would do this kind of crap.
It's a real pain getting shot ---- right in the neighborhood.
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.
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.
“The NFL is dead to me and has been for a while.”
Knuckledraggers that engage in dogfighting are among the lowest form of life and are deserving of an agonizing death.
Revolt is coming.
True. I didn’t hear a word about that. Too much time being spent speculating about the plane.
People who do this should be crucified.
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.
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.
Vick is worse than most dog fighters. He is a psycho sadist extraordinaire.
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.
that is awesome
where I am we have the Kansas city Pet Project
There are a lot of pitties
Then why is the reporter talking about it?
Youth! Aspiring Rappers ..Aspiring Convicts
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.
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!