50,000 Stray Dogs In Detroit? That 'Makes No Sense'

Published On : 8/23/2013 8:07 AM
By : Mark Memmott
From : NPR
Categories : Nation

A disturbing story from Bloomberg News that we posted about on Wednesday — "Detroit's Stray Dog Epidemic: 50,000 Or More Roam The City" — is getting some push back from Detroit journalist Jeff Wattrick.

He blogs that:

"One thing about dogs is they know how to find food. If there was a wild dog for every 14 humans in Detroit, as the 50,000 number would work out to, there wouldn't be a dumpster or restaurant/grocery store alley that wasn't overrun with scavenging dogs. That isn't the reality in Detroit. Occasionally, you'll see a dog but it isn't like seeing birds and squirrels in a park. They aren't literally everywhere."
"Everyone agrees Detroit has a dog problem," Wattrick adds. But he says the 50,000 stat "makes no sense."

So, does it matter if the number is inflated? Here's what Wattrick has to say on that point:

"Propagating phony-baloney numbers to spike interest in Detroit's strays may attract attention in the short-run, but in the long-run it can only harm the cause by undermining credibility."
Related: Experts disagree about the 50,000 figure, the Detroit Free Press reports.

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