On a routine run with Animal Control this week, CNN saw five stray pit bulls taken in within less than two hours. One was chained up in the backyard of a burnt-out, abandoned home. It's unclear how long the dog had been left without food, water or shelter. Another was a young black pit bill, so injured he could barely walk.
"This is one of those prime examples of a discarded animal," said animal control officer Malachi Jackson.
Jackson has seen a lot, too much, in his 19 years rounding up strays in Detroit.
"The problem is as bad as the economic problem I think. The whole society is pretty bad. People don't have jobs, they use animals to build revenue and protect their property. An animal is like a burglar alarm or a security guard for those people. Times are just tough."
Tough to say the least. And like so much else in Detroit, man's best friend is waiting to be rescued.
As for Trina, the pit bull puppy James Johnson found running stray, he says he plans to breed her for at least one litter of puppies. "I like puppies -- I ain't going to lie," Johnson says.
It's a choice, Kristen Huston says, that is understandable but contributes to the problem. A problem plaguing this city as it fights to get back on its feet.