Dogs abandoned by roadside left to die in Detroit

‘There aren’t a lot of resources for surrendering dogs in need, especially surrendering dogs in need of medical care within the city, so, unfortunately, a lot of people resort to dumping them in a myriad of creative or not so creative ways’

Heartbreaking images of dogs abandoned by a roadside in Detroit Thursday evening; One of the dogs was left inside a cage, covered with wounds, while the other was tied up. Both left to die unless the right person came along and decided to help.

DETROIT – One local rescue group is wondering who left two dogs to die on Detroit’s west side near an open field at Trinity Street and West Outer Drive.

As local 4 reports, the discovery made by Rebel Dogs Detroit isn’t all that surprising after all.

“We got a call from an officer that said there were two dogs that needed rescuing,” said Juniper Fleming of Rebel Dogs Detroit. “We rushed over, and we wanted to see what we could do to help.”

Fleming insists it’s a miracle they were able to rescue a pair of dogs now named Crop Top and Buffalo.

“One of them was in a crate, and the other one was tied up next to the crate,” Fleming said. “The one that was in the crate was barking. Very reactive. Very scared. And he had lesions and wounds all over his body.”

Look closely at the video player above at Buffalo’s skin. You can see how he’s covered in sores, and he has an elbow growth in his arm.

His buddy Crop Top stayed by his side the whole time.

Fleming said the incident is one of the many examples of dogs being abandoned versus what happened during the initial outbreak of COVID-19.

“We’re finding that as a rescue, at the beginning of COVID, we saw a huge influx of people wanting to adopt dogs which is incredible,” Fleming said. “We were able to rescue and adopt so quickly. Now, we’re getting way more calls about dogs that are found, dogs that people are trying to surrender, and we’re not able to help because applications for adoption and fostering just aren’t coming in at the same speed.”

Despite the harsh numbers, Rebel Dogs Detroit is doing what it can to help as they’ve opened up their own shelter on the city’s westside.

Even their rescues can jeopardize reaching a standstill if more people don’t foster. Regardless, they still want the city to do more about the strays on the street.

“There aren’t a lot of resources for surrendering dogs in need, especially surrendering dogs in need of medical care within the city,” Fleming said. “So, unfortunately, a lot of people resort to dumping them in a myriad of creative or not so creative ways.”

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About the Authors:

Victor Williams joined Local 4 News in October of 2019 after working for WOIO in Cleveland, OH, WLOX News in Biloxi, MS, and WBBJ in Jackson, TN. Victor developed a love for journalism after realizing he was a great speaker and writer at an early age.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.