(CBS DETROIT) – Things at Detroit Animal Care and Control look very different from what they were almost 2 years ago.
“We have a state-of-the-art digital x-ray machine, we have state-of-the-art in-house equipment to perform blood tests and we have a fully equipped operating room,” said Patricia Bigwood, senior veterinarian at the shelter in Detroit. animal care and control
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It hadn’t been there for just 18 months, the lab equipment only arrived last week. Bigwood says they are now able to treat injured stray animals, such as a stray animal that arrived last week with severe nose lacerations from someone putting a muzzle on it for an extended period of time.
“I’m very happy that it seems to hold up and we won’t need to do another surgery,” Bigwood said.
She says he’ll be ready for adoption in a week or so. That’s the goal here, with staff hoping to save injured strayers instead of euthanizing them, but it results in overcrowding at the shelter, making the need for adoption even greater.
“We typically have over 100 animals in the shelter at any given time,” Bigwood said.
With around 20 animals arriving each day, Bigwood says there are ways to help people cope with the city’s huge stray population.
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“If you’ve lost your dog come and get him, there’s a possibility he’s here, the microchip is huge.”
Bigwood also says that having your dog spayed or neutered can reduce the stray population.
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