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Animal shelter takes in emaciated Miami-Dade dogs

From the Palm Beach Post:

DogsThe founder of a Wellington animal shelter traveled to Miami on Saturday to rescue 10 emaciated and mange-covered dogs that were among 50 discovered in a house when a man died.

Lauree Simmons, president and founder of Big Dog Ranch Rescue, said she plans to return soon to pick up another 10 of the young dogs. Most of are dachshund mixes.

“They’re all very sweet, just very scared,” she said. In time, she said she and her staff can put some pounds on them and cure them of demodex mange, a painful disease that leaves a dog’s skin hairless, pink and cracked.

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“It’s just going to take some TLC, and in two months, they’ll look like a million bucks,” she said of their path to adoption.

The dogs were discovered by Hialeah police Friday when investigating the natural death of an adult man who lived with his mother, father and adult brother.

Miami-Dade County Animal Services was called to get the dogs from the small home. But it didn’t have room for all of the pets, so officials there called other South Florida animal rescue organization, Simmons said.


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