A man walking through a Detroit park was horrified after the melting snow revealed dozens of dead, frozen dogs curled into fetal positions and covered with scars and lacerations.
Nicole Litzelman, a Detroit Animal Welfare Group board member, said at least 28 large dogs — mostly pit bulls and Mastiff mixes — were discovered as the snow began to thaw.
“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,” she told 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,” she continued. “Right now, since the snow is melting, I’m sure we’re going to find quite a few more bodies in the park.”
Photographs were taken of the animals, but they were so gruesome WWJ made the decision not to publish them.
Litzelman believes a lot of the dogs, found at the city’s River Rouge Park, were 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 told WWJ. ”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,” she 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.”
Litzelman, however, said that some animals may still be alive in the park, but those animals might be 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 told WWJ.
At the moment, a volunteer effort is underway to locate the dogs and take them to safety.
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