Detroit Animal Care and Control making changes after dog's controversial death

DETROIT – Complaints about terrible conditions and horrific care plagued Detroit Animal Care and Control for years.

When the Duggan administration came into power changes were made but even the city would agree things aren't where they need to be. Tensions are rising over what happened to a dog named Lux.

Lux the pit bull mix came to Detroit Animal Care and Control with a prolapsed rectum. There was no one to provide care for him and Detroit Dog Rescue was called to see if it could help.

The rescue was slammed and told DACA it couldn’t. Forty-eight hours later DDR’s Kristina Rinaldi got a call things were critical. DDR came to get Lux but it was too late.

“We took him to the best specialists in Michigan, Oakland Veterinary Referral Services and there was nothing they could do,” Rinaldi said.

While at DACA Lux was given medication for pain which also has diarrhea as a side effect. The result was a dog with a treatable condition ultimately ended up with his GI tract falling out of his body.

For Rinaldi, the Lux situation was the last straw. While she sees progress at DACA over the  last several years she also sees an operation that is seemingly rudderless without necessary staff and funding.

“Usually unless a rescue group can step up, and it’s not just DDR there are many rescues out here that are helping, but the need is so great these people and these dogs are not getting the resources they need.”


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