Their owners, desperate and broke - Abandoned pets overwhelm Metro Detroit

The Detroit News - Kimberly Hayes Taylor - Animals increasingly abandoned as owners lose jobs, face foreclosure -Behind boarded doors of foreclosed homes, in Dumpsters and in parking lots are an unprecedented number of abandoned dogs and cats. Their owners, desperate and broke, have left the animals to die without food or water. Real estate agents and landlords are finding the once-beloved family pets in vacated houses all over Metro Detroit.

Meanwhile, more people who take their animals to shelters are telling workers they have lost their jobs and can't afford to take care of their pets, or aren't allowed to take them to the apartment they've leased after losing their house.

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