WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (January 2-8, 2012)


Mystery donor gives money for Detroit’s first no-kill shelter.” By Megha Satyanarayana. USA Today/Detroit Free Press. January 2, 2012. An anonymous California donor has given a fledgling animal rescue organization in Detroit a $1.5-million gift toward building the city’s first no-kill shelter, the group said Thursday. Detroit Dog Rescue, founded nine months ago by TV producer Monica Martino and hip-hop artist Daniel (Hush) Carlisle, received the gift in the form of stock options last week from the woman, who was moved by a news report showcasing their work in finding and rehabilitating some of Detroit’s thousands of stray dogs. DDR spokesman David Rudolph said the donor tracked the organization’s work after seeing it on TV in May, and decided to make the donation after watching the group deal with Ace — an emaciated pit bull found outside a hardware store in early November. DDR tried to get the dog released from the city’s Animal Control pound and got a temporary restraining order from a judge to prevent the dog’s death after a state-mandated five-day holding period to allow owners to surface. But Ace was euthanized anyway after people came forth claiming to be his owner, and after protests from members of the Detroit City Council and others. “This donation is just the beginning,” Martino said in a statement Thursday. “While Hush and I were working on the streets of Detroit, we saw firsthand the true scope and scale of the stray dog situation. This problem in Detroit is an epidemic and the system that is in place to control it is broken. The first step is to build a no-kill shelter.” DDR estimates about 50,000 stray dogs live in Detroit.

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