DETROIT (WXYZ) - Action News went looking for answers after tipsters told us that it appears the bodies of hundreds of dead dogs are piled up in Detroit Animal Control's cooler because the city has not paid contractors to remove them for cremation.
One source tells 7 Action News that a contractor would typically make removals twice a week, but because of payment problems it has been over one hundred days since the bodies of animals have been removed.
An insider, who wants to remain anonymous, believes if state inspectors went in to assess the situation, the city pound would be forced to shutdown.
A spokesman for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said Animal Control workers are under strict order not to talk to reporters.
Jamie Bradley, who visited Animal Control Tuesday, says he was told by workers that they are so short-staffed that they only have one truck on the road to pick up strays.
Tuesday afternoon, 7 Action News spotted a number of dog catcher vehicles parked in the rear of Animal Control's offices on Jefferson Avenue in southwest Detroit.
It's unclear if there are enough workers to properly determine what dogs might be suited to turn over to the Michigan Humane Society for adoption.
Supervision of Animal Control was once under the Detroit Health Department, but it now falls under control of the Detroit Police Department.
Even after 7 Action News pressed police officials for answers, they would not reveal the extent of the problems inside Animal Control. Late Tuesday, they would only offer the following statement:
"Members assigned to Detroit Animal Control have done an admirable job under challenging conditions. In an effort to implement real and sustainable solutions for the animals under their care, a site survey was recently conducted by the Detroit Police Department. Based upon these findings, a detailed assessment report containing a series of recommendations for Detroit Animal Control was generated and is forthcoming. Once received and reviewed, we will work diligently to address these concerns."
Lieutenant Darwin K. Roche
Police Community Services
Detroit Police Department