Questions raised over shipping Knoxville dogs to Detroit

Questions raised over shipping Knoxville dogs to community with stray problem

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Members of the Michigan Humane Society picked up 21 dogs Wednesday morning from Young Williams Animal Shelter. The shelter's CEP says the dogs are on their way to a better home. Members of the Michigan Humane Society picked up 21 dogs Wednesday morning from Young Williams Animal Shelter. The shelter's CEP says the dogs are on their way to a better home.
"For us it's about sending our animals that have been here for quite some time to another location where they'll have a better chance of finding their forever home and family," explained Jeff Ashin, CEO. "For us it's about sending our animals that have been here for quite some time to another location where they'll have a better chance of finding their forever home and family," explained Jeff Ashin, CEO.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Nearly two dozen dogs are making the trip from a Knoxville animal shelter to a Michigan shelter, but recent reports of an extreme stray problem in Detroit have people wondering why. 

Members of the Michigan Humane Society picked up 21 dogs Wednesday morning from Young Williams Animal Shelter. The shelter's CEP says the dogs are on their way to a better home.

"For us it's about sending our animals that have been here for quite some time to another location where they'll have a better chance of finding their forever home and family," explained Jeff Ashin, CEO.

Young Williams is often at capacity and many of the pups taken to Detroit had been at the shelter for months.

"They become less socialized and it becomes harder to adopt the animal when they're here for an extended period of time," explained Ashin.

Recent reports show the Detroit area has a major stray problem, with thousands of dogs roaming the deserted streets.

"When you look at the economic situation of Detroit specifically the surrounding areas for example, Westland, where these dogs are going, those are areas in the suburbs, the more affluent areas they're not facing the economic problems of Detroit proper," he said.

He also explained while there is a stray problem in Detroit those dogs unfortunately often aren't eligible for adoption.

"There are dogs that are behaviorally or medically untreatable, they have other anti-social issues. Also there are a lot of feral dogs running around in Detroit, most of the dogs are of the pit-bull variety and the pit terriers, and those are not the dogs that people often want to adopt," Ashin said.

Young Williams is sending dogs that are in high demand in Detroit.

"A lot of people come in looking for the smaller dogs or puppies," explained Ryan McTigue, a spokesperson for the Michigan Humane Society.

McTigue said the stray problem is there, but it's not as bad as reported.

"The number is a bit inflated, for anyone who lives or works in the city," he explained.

In fact the Michigan Humane society has a 100 percent adoption rate when it comes to healthy dogs and they expect the dogs brought up from Knoxville to be adopted almost immediately.

"They will be up for adoption and find homes pretty quickly," said McTigue. "Some could be as soon as this weekend going home and living in a home in metro Detroit."

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