Detroit park-goers were recently horrified to find dozens of dead, frozen dogs blanketing the ground, curled into fetal positions. The dogs were covered with scars and lacerations.
Nicole Litzelman, a Detroit Animal Welfare Group board member, said that the at least 28 large dogs, many of them pit bulls and Mastiff mixes, were discovered in this state as the snow recently melted.
“Because of the heavy snowfall in the month of January, a lot of these deceased bodies were discarded there because it was easier to cover them up,” Litzelman said WWJ. “Also, it was an unusually cold month where a lot of dogs froze outside or were left to starve to death.”
“This is just a small tip of the iceberg,” Litzelman continued. “Right now, since the snow is melting, I’m sure we’re going to find quite a few more bodies in the park. This is just a small tip of the iceberg.”
Litzelman seems to think that the cold was not the only culprit in this case. The scars and lacerations, she concludes, indicate that they were, instead, victims of dog fighting.
“A lot of people when they do these illegal activities, they can’t put them out in the trash because even a lot of the trash collectors will report dead animals in the trash,” she explained further. ”Or much less, they don’t want to draw any attention to the house where they’re fighting the dogs illegally.”
“A majority of them are due to illegal activities, such as fighting,” Litzelman continued. “It’s consistent with the bite wounds that are on the dogs. Most of them have either bled to death or have large gaping wounds that were never treated. The park is well-know for dog fighting and has a high activity for drugs and other illegal activities.”
There are still likely other animals out there, still alive, but in danger.
“The park is about 1,200 acres and there’s so many animals running around down there, and there’s actually some people who try to gather some of the dogs that have been discarded that are still alive, and they actually try to lure them and take them and use them for fighting as bait dogs,” she concluded in her remarks to WWJ.
(Article by M.B. David)