Detroit Animal Care and Control reaches capacity with over 200 dogs packing aisles

Two rescues helped Thursday by taking some animals, but more kept arriving

DETROIT – The Detroit Animal Care and Control had aisle after aisle of dogs in cages with nowhere to go.

The capacity of DACC is 86 for dogs, and now they’re just over 200. Most were young, too, two years and under.

Crystal Perkins, the Director of Detroit’s General Services Division, attributes the explosion of dogs to the pandemic.

Those animals would have all been puppies then; now they’re grown and have been abandoned.

“We’re just picking them up faster than we can get them to a place of safety,” said Perkins.

Two rescues helped Thursday (May 25) by taking some animals, but more kept arriving.

The situation was unsustainable, and nobody wanted to start euthanizing dogs.

DACC is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday (May 26), and the city has waived all adoption fees. They’re trying to do an adoption event on Memorial Day, but that’s dependent on whether they can get the veterinary care these dogs need before then—they’re hoping they will and should have a better idea Saturday whether that will be a possibility.

About the Authors:

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.