Kat Stafford Detroit Free Press Updated 10:02 AM EDT Aug 29, 2019 Four girls — Lyric, Logan, Laila and Aubrey Strauther — raced down the sidewalk of their grandmother’s west side Detroit neighborhood in late August, unaware of the potential danger that lurked next door. "You can't get me," Logan said, as the girls screamed in delight. But as the sisters played, a pitbull lunged in their direction and strained to break free from a cord tied around its neck and affixed to a thin rope in a dilapidated garage. There was no fence erected to prevent it from reaching the children or anyone else in the neighborhood. The City of Detroit has struggled for years to address its stray dog epidemic — 4,136 dogs were picked up across the city last year alone. Since 2016,more than 10,113 strays were taken off the streets by Detroit Animal Care and Control. The city does not have an accurate count of how many stray dogs there actually … [Read more...] about Chained and neglected: Detroit’s dog problem persists
Man attacked by pitbulls
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 8:28 AM EDT Aug 6, 2019 EAST LANSING — Josh Butler spent 49 hours to cover more than 1,100 miles driving to Michigan State for an unofficial visit in high school. On a Greyhound bus. By himself, without his parents. The road in front of him hopeful and optimistic. More than five years later, Butler made the drive home to Mesquite, Texas, in late April. By himself again. In a completely opposite direction, in many senses. Miles trudged by with a lonely and mournful drone. His mother’s breast cancer she fought previously had returned in its most aggressive form. Just 2½ years after his father died suddenly. Life was about to be forever altered. Eight days after Butler returned to the Dallas area, with Ladidra Bagley on hospice care, Josh sat in a hospice care room with her and their relatives and watched his mother take her final breaths. She died April 28, just 49 years old. “I don’t know if you’ve ever … [Read more...] about Michigan State CB Josh Butler plays through loss of parents
Illustration by Đàm Minh Chí Khoa Thư “My dog doesn’t bite” may be the biggest lie in the world. I realised that at the age of five when I saw a childhood friend attacked by a neighbour’s dog, which, to her, was “smart, sweet and obedient”. In the past year, tragic dog attacks have been reported over and over again in the media, and many of the victims have been children. Social outrage peaked last week when a seven-year-old boy in Hưng Yên Province was killed by his neighbour’s pack of seven dogs when walking on a street. Authorities are considering prosecuting the owner. While local residents described them as aggressive and uncontrollable, the owner did not bother putting muzzles on them and let them run freely. They had bitten several other people in the past, which made neighbours wonder why the owner hadn’t started paying attention to his … [Read more...] about Who let the dogs out?