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Puerto Rico dogs flown to Florida amid abuse concerns
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Twelve street dogs were flown Friday to a shelter in Orlando, Fla., as part of a rescue effort fueled by fears of animal abuse in Puerto Rico.
Central Florida’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had offered to take as many as 50 dogs after dozens of pets were seized from housing projects in this Caribbean territory earlier this month and hurled from a 50-foot-high bridge. Police are investigating a private animal control company they say is involved, although its owner has denied responsibility.
This week, Puerto Rican animal welfare groups asked rescuers across the island to round up any dogs healthy enough to be adopted.
“You won’t believe the amount of phone calls I’ve been getting in the last 24 hours after people found out we were receiving dogs from Puerto Rico,” said Jake White, SPCA’s senior vice president.