(03/27/14) - Flint Police say a garbage-filled street was the dumping ground
for more than a dozen dead dogs.
A Flint neighborhood officer found 17 dead dogs in trash bags on the 1200 block of Rankin Street on Monday - now they're trying to figure out if it's connected to dog fighting.
"That's like the area dumping ground right there," said Joseph Thompson, who lives nearby on Lawndale.
If you're driving south on Forest Hill Avenue and turn left onto Rankin, you'll see that street is used for more than driving.
"It's gone to ruins now," Thompson said.
Flint neighborhood officers were patrolling the area when they found the dead dogs. Police Chief James Tolbert says they believe the dogs are all pit bulls.
"I remember when this was real nice, now it's a different story," Thompson said.
The 1200 block of Rankin is lifeless - the homes are abandoned.
Neighbors say this isn't the first time they've found dead animals along with the garbage here.
"I've buried several, so it's been like that over here, I've seen it go down," Thompson said.
Tolbert says it looks like they may have been used for fighting - but they're still investigating.
"We want to make it clear that we're not going to tolerate it here in Flint," he said.
Thompson and his neighbor, Michael Woolfolk, are trying to keep their neighborhood clean - but it's an uphill battle.
"They don't care, you cleaning up, it don't have to be a day later, it'll be a couple hours later, it's dumped back again," Woolfolk said.
If you have any information, Flint Police are asking for you to call them or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
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