DETROIT (AP) - Plans are in the works to transfer duties of Detroit's animal control division to the police department.
The Detroit News reports Thursday that animal rights groups say the change offers an opportunity to fix the city's growing problem of stray and dangerous dogs. They hope it will provide a fresh start following what they describe as a failure by Detroit Animal Control to collaborate.
The move is part of outsourcing of the city's health department by Mayor Dave Bing, who is working to cut costs and consolidate city government.
The city says it plans to offer additional information when the move is finalized by City Council. The city spent about $1.7 million in 2011 for animal control.
The change isn't expected to change the location of animal control programs.