An overwhelming odor report from a concerned neighbor turned into the discovery of 10 Shih-tzu/Yorkie mixes ranging in age from 6 months to 4 years living in horrible hoarding conditions on Tuesday. Police seized the puppies, bringing them all to the Humane Society of Broward County (HSBC) for care and rehabilitation — now, they're asking for the public's help in finding caring fur-ever homes.
"All the dogs are suffering severe skin infections and matted fur. Some needed to be completely shaved while under anesthesia in order to be treated." a post shared by HSBC on Instagram reads, in part, accompanied by a carousel of the sad and scared furry faces now in their care.
"These dogs will have to be on daily medications — some of them for life. This is a cost potential adopters should be aware of. These sweet souls are not potty-trained, but are friendly and are learning to trust, " the post continues, letting everyone know that they'll be going up for adoption on Friday, June 2nd.
The Humane Society of Broward County hopes to find loving homes local to the area. For those interested in adopting, they ask that you first complete a pre-adoption application on their website, www.humanebroward.com.
Once complete, you can stop by their kennels between 11 am and 6 pm daily, located at 2070 Griffin Road in Fort Lauderdale. Those with questions about these pups in need of a fur-ever home are encouraged to call 954-989-3977 using extension 6 prior to their visit.
If you're unable to adopt but are still wanting to make a difference in these resilient dogs' lives, HSBC hopes that you will consider making a donation to their care through the donate page on their website here.
Whether or not the person who owned and neglected these dogs was charged with a crime is unknown; however, they could potentially find themselves paying for it. According to Florida Statute 828.13, neglect of an animal is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor and can result in a fine of up to $5,000, as well as possible imprisonment.
The Humane Society of Broward County is a private, non-profit organization that is supported by people and companies who want to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. The shelter is not affiliated with any local or national group with a similar name and does not receive tax dollars to operate. Founded in 1944, HSBC offers pet adoption, surrender prevention, educational presentations, and more to the public.
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Article by Rachael Volpe