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Florida Sanctuary Dogs Need Immediate Help!

If any of you Miami-area Dogsters or Catsters can bring home a new family member, now's the time. This news comes to us from Local10.com....

Joy  |  Apr 3rd 2007


If any of you Miami-area Dogsters or Catsters can bring home a new family member, now’s the time.

This news comes to us from Local10.com.

Dog Sanctuary Being Shut Down
Abused, Abandoned Animals Need Homes, Dog Rescuer Says

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE — A safe haven for stray dogs is being forced to shut down leaving dozens of animals without a place to call home.

In Northwest Miami Dade, off Ocheechobee Road, Maggie Herandez rescues abandoned dogs.

“It’s what I’ve been doing for three years. I bring them in, make them well and find them homes,” said Hernandez.

But now Hernandez will have to find new homes for the more than 35 abused and abandoned dogs. Bulldozers will begin clearing the land along Northwest 138th Avenue and 186th Street where Hernandez houses the animals in a place she calls the Good Shepherd Sanctuary.

Hernandez said the Department of Environmental Resource Management is digging up the property she is leasing because the land was filled in without permits.

By Friday, the dogs must be gone and the kennels will be bulldozed to the ground.

“Time is running out. I’m desperate, desperate for good homes. We don’t want to call the city pound and have them destroyed,” said Hernandez.

Most of the dogs at the sanctuary are older and larger and have suffered from some type of injury, which makes them very difficult to place, said Hernadez.

To help Hernandez and her dogs, go to www.bestfriends.org or call 786-306-1914.

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