By Chrystal Knight

DETROIT (WWJ) — Animal rescues in the city of Detroit celebrated a momentous victory this week.

The transfer agreement between Animal Control and animal rescues came down, giving rescue groups the green light to pick up dogs and cats from the facility.

Kristina Millman-Rinaldi, executive director of the Detroit Dog Rescue, told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Chrystal Knight that the step is a great one, but the animals still need help.

“Without Detroit Dog Rescue they would have been euthanized by injection or — if it would’ve been too late — they actually would’ve died from heartworm,” Millman-Rinaldi said. “Half of the dogs we pull all have heartworm.”

(photo: Detroit Dog Rescue)

(photo: Detroit Dog Rescue)

(photo: Detroit Dog Rescue)

(photo: Detroit Dog Rescue)

Millman-Rinaldi said that dog lovers can still do their part to help these animals by donating to the group’s GoFundMe page.

Saving the dogs is a five-year dream come true, and Millman-Rinaldi says there’s now something else shed like to see done — a new and improved Detroit Animal Control.

“I would love to see somebody who cares about the city step up and make a large donation to kind of overhaul and revamp Animal Control,” Millman-Rinaldi said. “With all of these restaurants and all of these people investing in Detroit, we would love to see people invest in services for the citizens.”

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