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For Immediate Release:
September 10, 2013
Media Contact:
Luis Salgado

Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department Rescues Over 80 Dogs

(MIAMI, September 9, 2013) –Investigators with the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department removed more than 80 dogs from squalid conditions early this morning. An anonymous report of animal cruelty filed through the County’s 3-1-1 Answer Center alerted investigators to the horrific conditions in southwest Miami-Dade. Investigators located the dogs housed in filthy crates aboard a large truck. All of the dogs were safely transported from the property and are currently receiving veterinary care. Animal Services is caring for these animals and reaching out to the community and its rescue partners to help find new homes for the dogs. 

“The Department is grateful to the individual that provided the tip leading to the rescue of these dogs. Had the conditions gone unreported, the dogs would have continued to suffer under horrible conditions,” said Alex Muñoz, Director, Miami-Dade Animal Services Department. “We will do everything we can to ensure that each and every one of these dogs is adopted into a loving home.”

Adoption fees have been waived for the entire month of September. Anyone interested in adopting a pet is encouraged to visit the shelter.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services

Miami-Dade Animal Services is an open admission public shelter. Over 27,000 pets are abandoned each year at the shelter where staff and volunteers work diligently to reunite, re-home or find a Rescue Partner for the animals. The Department is also responsible for enforcing Chapter 5 of the Miami-Dade County Code and Florida State Statutes pertaining to animal cruelty and neglect.  For more information, please call 311 or visit our website at