A real-life example of "Life After People
" is currently underway in the beleaguered Motor City.
Tens of thousands of stray dogs are roaming the increasingly empty streets of Detroit, reports The Washington Times
. As many as 50,000 canines, most of which have had previous contact with people and aren't considered feral, are putting strain on the city's diminished animal control resources.
Packs of dogs are sometimes found in groups of up to twenty huddled in one of Detroit's nearly 70,000 abandoned buildings, factories and homes. They pose a danger to not only mail carriers, but to other animals still fortunate enough to be cared for by their owners.
One postal worker described being forced to use pepper spray on packs of "tiny, ferocious dogs" that reappeared in one particular neighborhood in southwest Detroit.
"It's like Chihuahuaville," she complained.
"With these large open expanses, it's as if you designed a situation that causes dog problems," added
the head of the city's animal control unit, which has seen its staff levels shrink by two-thirds since 2008.
Predictably, and sadly, most of the dogs picked up are eventually euthanized.
A Humane Society spokeswoman called the situation "almost post-apocalyptic," and lamented the fact that in Detroit's case, "the suffering of animals goes hand in hand with the suffering of people."
Via The Washington Times and Bloomberg