<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - ]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcmiami.com/feature/all-about-animals http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:01:18 -0400 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:01:18 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Featured Pet: Axel]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:54:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/axel+potw+042615.PNG

Our pet of the week is Axel, a 9-week-old Snowshoe/Bobtail mix kitten from the Humane Society of Broward County.

Axel is a sweet kitten who is looking for a loving home. He is adorable and playful. Axel loves to snuggle.

All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping. For more information on how to adopt Axel or any other animal, call (954) 989-3977 or visit the Humane Society of Broward County's website.

For more animal news, visit our All About Animals page. 

<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Honey]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:46:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/205*120/potw+honey+042515.PNG

Our pet of the week is Honey, a 3-year-old Rat Terrier mix from the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

Honey is a friendly, gentle dog. She is calm and has a sweet personality. Honey loves kids and would make a great family dog.

All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping. For more information on how to adopt Honey or any other animal, call 305-696-0800 or visit the Humane Society's website

For more animal news, visit our All About Animals page.

<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets, April 23, 2015]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:44:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/1Grace+511268.jpg Check out the pets looking for loving homes at the Humane Society of Broward County]]> <![CDATA[Dogs Rescued From Puppy Mill Find New Lives]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:41:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/puppy+mill+dogs.JPG

Seven dogs were resting easy Wednesday night, after long ride and finding a new life in South Florida.

Just weeks ago these healthy, happy dogs were living in filthy, deplorable conditions in a puppy mill.

"The dogs lived in small confined cages, their sole purpose in life was to produce puppies," said Cherie Wachter of the Humane society of Broward County.

More than 130 dogs were seized by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from the puppy mill in Alabama. Now, they've been transported to various animal welfare agencies across the country, including the Human Society of Broward County.

"It's a really sad thing and people need to be aware of when you buy that puppy from a pet store you know... the parents.. the conditions they are living in," Wachter said.

Another no-kill sanctuary in Arkansas also surrendered their dogs to the ASPCA recently, adding 2 more pups to the Humane Society's care. Many of the dogs suffered from malnourishment, medical issues, and even the remains of puppies were found on the property.

"They admitted that they could not take care of the animals anymore. The pets there were not all spayed or neutered," said Wachter.

The Human Society of Broward county says they're taking good care of the dogs and now hope South Florida residents will give them a second chance to live a better life.

"Hopefully these animals will be able to forget their pasts and go on to live very happy lives," said Wachter

The animals are expected to be ready for adoption by Friday. If you are not able to adopt, you can always make a donation to the Humane Society. You can find the information here.

Photo Credit: Courtesy: ASPCA]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Rescued From Miramar Canal; Owner Sought]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:25:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Dog+Rescue+Miramar.jpg

Firefighters in Miramar came to the rescue of a four-legged victim Tuesday, just in time to save a life.

Miramar Fire Rescue pulled a dog from a canal near Utopia Drive just moments before the animal was about to drown.

The dog's owner was not located, so firefighters turned the dog over to Broward Animal Control.

If you recognize the dog in the picture, or know who the owner is, call Animal Care and Adoption at 954-359-1349.

<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets-April 21, 2015]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:00:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/BFI+A1510148.jpg Check out the pets looking for loving homes at Miami-Dade Animal Services]]> <![CDATA[How To Administer CPR To Your Pet]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:36:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/puppy+cpr.jpg

April is the American Red Cross’s Pet First Aid Awareness Month. What better time to go over the basics of administering CPR to your pet?

Let me start by saying I hope my readers never need this information. No pet parent wants to think about the possibility that their pet might stop breathing and collapse. Unfortunately, the unthinkable can, and sometimes does, happen. Knowing the basics of CPR can give pet owners the confidence needed to stay calm and work the problem in a life or death situation.

Be Prepared

One of the basic elements of pet CPR is the chest compression. I’ll get to the details in a moment, but before administering chest compressions, you must first be able to locate your pet’s heartbeat. In the spirit of preparedness, it’s a good idea to learn how to do this before an emergency strikes. When your pet is lying on her right side, the heart will be facing upward. Gently pull the front leg back, and feel for the heartbeat near what we would call the armpit. You can also find a pulse at the femoral artery, but the heartbeat is the easiest to find. This activity can easily be incorporated into routine down time with your pet. You can take your time, and your pet will simply think she is getting a massage! The more you practice, the more easily you will be able to locate your pet’s heartbeat. Be prepared. You don’t want to waste time finding it in an emergency situation when every second counts.

The ABC’s of CPR

Now let’s imagine a worst-case scenario. Fluffy has collapsed. First, call for help. If you can perform CPR while someone else drives you to the vet, you will greatly improve your pet’s chances. Next, remember your ABC’s. In addition to being very easy to remember, in rescue medicine, ABC is an acronym:

Check to see if she is breathing by watching for a rise and fall of the chest, and putting your face close to her mouth in an attempt to hear or feel any breaths. If she has indeed stopped breathing, you will need to open the Airway by lining up the head with the neck. Next, open the mouth, gently pull out the tongue, and have a look inside. You’re looking for a foreign body that might be blocking the Airway. If you see one, reach inside and pull it out. Get your hand out of the mouth quickly, as the pet may wake up startled, and frightened animals often bite. If there’s nothing there, you’ll need to start rescue Breathing. Hold the pet’s muzzle closed, put your mouth over the nose of a large dog, or the nose and mouth of a small dog or cat. Give four to five quick rescue Breaths - not too deeply, just enough to make the chest rise. Make sure the chest falls between Breaths. Check for a heartbeat, and if you don’t feel one, you’ll need to start chest Compressions.

Before beginning chest Compressions, be sure Fluffy is lying on her right side, so that the heart faces upward. Place the heel of your hand over the heart, lock your hands together, straighten the arms and give 30 rapid chest Compressions. For a large dog, Compressions should go down about two to three inches. For small dogs and cats, a half inch to full inch is an adequate Compression. After your 30 Compressions give two more rescue breaths, then resume chest compressions. This is called a cycle, and is defined by 30 compressions, followed by two rescue breaths. After four cycles - or about one minute - check again for a heartbeat and signs of independant breathing. If you can’t find either, keep going - 30 compressions, two rescue breaths.

You can continue for as long as 20 minutes, but by then, you really need to be at your vet’s office or an emergency clinic if you want to give your pet the best chance of survival.

This truncated recap can be printed out and placed in your pet’s first aid kit
- Know how to find your pet’s heartbeat in advance.
- Know your ABC’s: Airway, Breathing, Compression.
- In an emergency situation, call for help and get someone to drive you to the vet.
-Lie your pet on the right side.
-Quickly check for heartbeat and breathing
-Align the head and neck
-Pull the tongue out
-Look inside for a foreign body
-Close the muzzle, give 4-5 rescue breaths
-Check for signs of life
-Give 30 chest compressions
-Give two rescue breaths
-Repeat three more times
-Check for signs of life
-Keep going if needed

Remember, your can really increase your pet’s chances if you do this on the way to the vet. Even if you are able to revive your pet at home, get her to the vet for follow up care and observation. Diagnostics performed in the wake of an emergency can give your veterinarian an idea as to what caused the crisis in the first place. There is nothing quite like the rush one gets from successfully administering CPR. That being said, you’re not likely to want to do it again anytime soon.

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<![CDATA[All About Pets: Spay and Neuter Voucher]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:13:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017801010_1200x675_429777475712.jpg Miami-Dade Animal Service discusses a new voucher program they offer aimed at helping dogs over 50 pounds get spayed or neutered.]]> <![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets - April 16, 2015]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:37:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Aussie+527605.jpg Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets - April 16, 2015]]> <![CDATA[Dogs Abandoned at Humane Society Getting New Homes]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:06:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Sweet+16+Dogs.jpg

Good news for a group of dogs found abandoned outside of the Miami Humane Society early this month.

Several of the 16 dogs have been adopted and the rest of the animals should be available for adoption soon.

The 16 Maltese-mix dogs were found in horrible condition, dumped on the doorstep of the Humane Society of Greater Miami's shelter on April 3rd.

The animals were stuffed into two crates, stacked on top of and stepping over each other.

Their fur was matted and discolored yellow from urine. All of them knotted and tangled with feces.

Four of the dogs have already been adopted, several others are available now and the rest are expected to be ready for for new homes within a week.

<![CDATA[ZooMiami's New Baby Giraffe Makes 1st Appearance]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:13:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041515+baby+giraffe+zoo+miami.jpg

ZooMiami's new baby giraffe Princess Buttercup made her first appearance on exhibit Wednesday.

The baby was born April 8 to Sabra and Fezzik. She weighed 108 pounds and stood a little over five feet tall, zoo officials said.

Princess Buttercup was the 47th giraffe born at ZooMiami and the first for Sabra, who came from the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

Fezzik died in November of last year due to age related crippling arthritis.

Giraffes have a pregnancy term of about 15 months. The mother rarely lies down while giving birth and the baby falls about 4-6 feet when born, zoo officials said.

Photo Credit: ZooMiami]]>
<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets-April 14, 2015]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:25:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Brutus+A1679484.jpg Check Out the Pets Looking For Loving Homes in at Miami-Dade Animal Services]]> <![CDATA[Hospital in Marathon Rescues 4 Young, Sick Sea Turtles]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:28:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/COVERclose+up+Jem.jpg

A Marathon animal hospital is busy helping to rehabilitate four young, sick sea turtles, and they're advising residents and visitors that more turtles may be in distress.

The Turtle Hospital says the four, very lethargic green sea turtles were found floating and unable to dive close to the shore ocean side of the Upper Keys in the past 48 hours.

The turtles were picked up by an ambulance and brought to the hospital for care.

Through blood tests, doctors found that the tiny patients had extremely low, life threatening glucose levels.

The hospital is advising residents and visitors that there could be even more baby green sea turtles in distress in the area.

If you see a sea turtle in distress, you're asked to call The Turtle Hospital's 24-hour stranding line at (305) 481-7669.

You can also call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at (888) 404-FWCC.

Photo Credit: The Turtle Hospital]]>
<![CDATA[Featured Pet: Leo]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:53:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/leo+potw+041215.PNG

Our pet of the week is Leo, a 3 to 4-year-old Pomeranian mix from Pooches in Pines.

Leo is a sweet, well-behaved dog. He is friendly and loves people, but needs to be the only dog. Leo will make a great family dog.

Pooches in Pines is helping Leo find his forever home. His adoption includes vaccinations, neutering and microchipping.

For more information on how to adopt Leo or any other animal, visit the Pooches in Pines website or on their Facebook page.

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page.

<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Trixie]]> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 16:06:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/trixie+potw+041115.PNG

Our pet of the week is Trixie, a 4-year-old Dachshund mix from the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

Trixie is a friendly, gentle dog. She walks well on a leash and has a sweet personality. Trixie loves to be a lap dog.

All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping. For more information on how to adopt Trixie or any other animal, call 305-696-0800 or visit the Humane Society's website

For more animal news, visit our All About Animals page.

<![CDATA[Oklahoma Woman Charged With Stealing Parrot in Florida]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:36:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/PHOTO130249301169957918858ap.jpg

An Oklahoma woman is facing charges after police said she stole a parrot from a St. Augustine pet store.

Dawn Christine Griman of Ada, Oklahoma, is charged with grand theft.

The Florida Times-Union reported Friday that a woman entered the Pet World store on Thursday afternoon and quietly grabbed a green white-eyed conure parrot and walked out with a man and a boy.

They got into a Cadillac Escalade and drove away. A witness spotted the Escalade on Friday and called the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say they found Griman behind the wheel and the parrot sitting on the front seat.

She was being held late Friday at the county jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Photo Credit: Thomas Derr]]>
<![CDATA[All About Animals: Adoptions in the Community]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:05:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000017703747_1200x675_426231363623.jpg Miami-Dade Animal Services explain how they bring adoption events to the community.]]> <![CDATA[Your Pet's First Aid Kit]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:09:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pet+first+aid+041015.jpg

April is the American Red Cross’s Pet First Aid Awareness Month! If you don’t have a first aid kit for your pet, now is a good time to start thinking about making one.

Here are some items that every pet first aid kit should contain:

  • Printout of directions to your vet’s office, as well as the nearest emergency clinic. Even if you know where these places are, it can be difficult to think straight in a life or death situation. They can also help other family members or pet sitters who may not be familiar with the route. Include written directions, as well as maps, since not everyone processes information in the same way.
  • Number for a pet poison control call center. We recommend the Pet Poison Helpline, 855-764-7661. As of this writing, there is a nominal, per incident fee for this service.
  • Hydrogen peroxide and a needle-free syringe. This is used for the induction of vomiting. Never do this without first consulting your veterinarian or emergency clinic. Some compounds are dangerous enough to cause a second round of damage when leaving the body. Never use peroxide on a cut or wound, as this will impede healing and cause scars.
  • Unflavored Pedialyte. This can help a pet who has been vomiting replace necessary electrolytes. Since many pets do not like the taste, spike it with reduced fat, low sodium chicken broth. In addition to enticing them to drink the Pedialyte, it will provide them with some protein.
  • Tweezers. Use these to remove stingers and thorns.
  • Styptic Powder. Sometimes sold under the brand name “Quik Stop”, this yellow powder is sold at pet stores, and can be applied to a broken nail to stop the bleeding. If you don’t have styptic powder, corn starch will do in a pinch.
  • QuikClot. This is a type of compress sold at many pharmacies. It can be applied to larger wounds to stop bleeding.
  • Karo Syrup. Just a drop of this household staple can be used to raise the blood sugar of a hypoglycemic pet. You can find it in the baking aisle of any grocery store.
  • Bandaging materials, blunt-tipped scissors and gauze for wrapping wounds.
  • Sterile eye wash. Purchase this over the counter at any pharmacy.
  • Veterinary ear rinse
  • Betadine Solution. This is also available at any grocery store or pharmacy, and is a great alternative to peroxide. Use caution when applying as it is dark red, and will stain clothing and furniture.
  • Rectal thermometer and KY Jelly. Be sure to ask your vet what a normal temperature is for your pet. Do not be alarmed if “fever” warnings register, as these products are intended for babies. A dog or cat’s body temperature will always be substantially higher than a human’s. Generally speaking, 100.0 to 102.9 is considered normal.
  • Handling devices. Frightened, injured animals can be unpredictable. A pet that would never dream of biting, scratching, or bolting may do just that in an emergency. Cats should be placed in carriers or pillowcases. A basket muzzle is a humane way to make sure an injured dog can pant or vomit, yet not be able to bite its handler. Make sure a dog in distress is leashed.
  • Towels and latex gloves. First aid can be messy. And a frightened kitty will usually tolerate being swaddled tightly in a towel.

It’s important for pet owners to be aware of their own behavior during an emergency. Pets take their cues from us, and if we panic, they will do the same. A pet who is dealing with an accelerated heartbeat, rapid respiration, or a bleeding wound must relax to avoid dangerous spikes in blood pressure. Stay calm, don’t shout, don’t waste time, and try to get someone to help you. If someone who is NOT driving can call the vet ahead of time, precious minutes can be saved. During a recent toad poisoning emergency, a pet owner’s ten-year-old daughter called our clinic, briefly stated the nature of the emergency and the approximate weight of the dog. By the time her mother arrived at the clinic with the dog, we had all of the drugs needed to save the dog’s life, pulled up into syringes and ready to administer. This was an especially severe poisoning that might not have ended well were it not for this young girl’s fast thinking and cool head. Never underestimate the ability of children to stay calm and provide genuine help.

Make sure you have an emergency plan, and that the entire family has been briefed on it. Clients always marvel at our ability to stay calm during emergencies. The secret is simply training and preparation.

Remember, first aid is not a substitute for proper veterinary care. These are simply stop-gap measures that can keep a bad situation from getting worse if you cannot get to a vet right away. After administering any type of first aid, always see your veterinarian for follow up care.

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Photo Credit: Sabal Chase Animal Clinic]]>
<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets, April 9, 2015]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 21:42:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/1Blizzard46955.jpg Check out the pets at the Broward Humane Society looking for loving homes]]> <![CDATA[A Bunny for Easter? Not Unless It's Chocolate!]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:39:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sabal+chase+easter+040315.jpg

While our friends to the north may not be feeling it, Spring has finally arrived. As we turn our thoughts to April showers and springtime flowers, the little ones eagerly await the arrival of the Easter Bunny - and many will lobby for a “real live Easter bunny”. Parents, be warned. Bunnies are cute! But before you give in, let’s look at some of the common misperceptions of these seasonal pocket pets.

Rabbits are low maintenance

Caring for a pet rabbit is almost as much work as caring for a puppy. Like dogs, rabbits are social animals that do not thrive when forced to live in isolation. They need to live as a member of the family - meaning indoors. Your home is the ideal place for your rabbit to safely exercise, something pet rabbits must do for about 30 or so hours per week. The time he spends outside his cage must be closely supervised, as rabbits love - and need - to chew. Electrical cords, chargers, power cables, and carpets are just a few of the things that will need to be secured in a bunny-proofed home. And unless you are prepared to do a lot of cleaning, you will need to train your bunny to use a litterbox.

Rabbits require regular veterinary care and need to spayed and neutered. They eat 1-2 cups of fresh vegetables per day and their bedding must be changed daily. Since many of their most common health problems are caused by improper diet and housing, it literally does not pay to cut corners.

Rabbits are perfectly happy living outside in a hutch

While most of us, myself included, grew up with this information, we now know that it is incorrect. The wire bottoms of old-school rabbit hutches can cause ulcers and sores on a rabbit’s sensitive feet. Enclosures for bunnies should be at least six times the size of the rabbit. A rabbit that lives alone in a hutch is a likely to suffer depression and has little, if any, ability to cope with stress. These rabbits can quite literally die of a heart attack if approached by a predator, either real or perceived. Between stress and exposure to the elements, an outdoor rabbit has a life expectancy of about 12 months. House rabbits, on the other hand, live between eight and ten years!

Rabbits are great with kids

The pet store rabbits that are sold at Easter are babies. One day, your baby bunny will grow up. When this happens, she will realize that she is a prey animal and will no longer appreciate being grabbed, squeezed, hugged, and cuddled by your children. She is likely to react the way all prey animals behave when they feel threatened - by scratching, biting, hiding, and running away. At this point, sexual maturity is right around the corner. Remember what I said about spaying and neutering? Sexually mature female rabbits may defend their territory by biting your children when they reach into her cage. Mature males will begin spraying their home - and yours! - with foul smelling urine to mark the boundaries of their perceived territory. This is the point at which many new rabbit owners start looking for the exit.

Unwanted rabbits can fend for themselves in the wild

Unlike their wild counterparts, domestic rabbits do not have the stamina or survival skills to live on their own in the wild. Yet this misperception leads to thousands of rabbits being dumped in parks and green spaces every year. Most of them die of starvation or exposure, and many are killed by cars, off-leash dogs, and free-roaming cats. Thousands more are surrendered to shelters and rescue organizations. The same holds true for baby chicks and ducklings. These are living beings, NOT toys!

So does this mean no one should keep a pet rabbit? Absolutely not! Like any other pet, a rabbit is a long-term commitment. Do your research, have a family meeting, and know what you are getting into. If you have decided a rabbit is a good fit for your family, try to adopt before you shop. By Memorial Day weekend there will be LOTS of wonderful rabbits in need of loving homes! Visit your local Humane Society, or contact the House Rabbit Society at www.rabbit.org.

My wife and I adore rabbits. But at this point in time, we simply do not have a lifestyle that allows us to be suitable rabbit owners. If you are considering a real live Easter bunny, I implore you to do some soul-searching as well. If you’re like me, you just might decide that a chocolate bunny suits you just fine. Preferably dark chocolate - and maybe some marshmallow chicks!

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Photo Credit: Sabal Chase Animal Clinic]]>
<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets-April 7, 2015]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:02:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Chichi+A0832729.jpg Check out the pets looking for loving homes this week at Miami-Dade animal services.]]> <![CDATA[Heart-Rending Photo Gets Pup a Home]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:27:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/chester+dog.jpg

An incredibly sweet 8-year-old pit bull mix named Chester who has spent the last five years in shelters was adopted after a Long Island animal group posted a picture of him holding a sign that read, "Why doesn't anyone want me?"

The heart-rending photo shows Chester looking down at the sign with his big brown eyes, one white-tipped paw resting over the cardboard.

"Everyone at the shelter tells me what a good boy I am. So why has no one adopted me?" the sign reads. "I promise to be good and love my new family. Please maybe you are my new family. I sit and wait for you to come."

Hundreds of calls from around the world came in from people inquiring about adopting Chester. Last week, a family from Ronkonkoma came to take him home. According to the North Fork Animal Welfare League/Riverhead Animal Shelter Facebook page, Chester went home with his new family Friday. They bought him a new bed and said he loved it.

Virtual Facebook hearts swelled over Chester's adoption. Between "likes" and likes of those likes, some users posted that they were moved to tears by his story.

Chester was plucked off the streets of New York -- a stray -- five years ago and sent to the Riverhead Animal Shelter. He lived there for quite some time before moving to the North Fork Animal Welfare League's Southold location, where he spent the last few months, reports the website Southold Local.

The manager of the North Fork organization, Gabby Stroup, launched a Facebook page dedicated to finding Chester a home Wednesday -- with that heart-wrenching photo -- and calls and emails came in from as far away as Australia and Nova Scotia, the website said. Stroup got a call from a woman named Dana Dor, who said a friend of hers in Michigan had shared Chester's photo on her Facebook page, and Dor, her husband and two sons went to visit the pup at the shelter the next day.

Chester met the family with kisses and went home with them that day, according to Southold Local.

The Dor family lost two Yorkies five years ago -- the same length of time Chester has been in shelters.

"We think he was waiting for us," Dor told Southold Local. She said her husband, Adi Dor, had tears in his eyes the first time he met the pup.

"We saw him and we felt connected," Adi Dor told Southold Local. "It was meant to be."

Photo Credit: North Fork Animal Welfare League/Riverhead Animal Shelter Facebook page
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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Momma Dog]]> Sun, 05 Apr 2015 13:51:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/CB1KIXPUoAA0Git.jpg

Our pet of the week is Momma Dog, a 2-year-old Poodle mix at Broward Animal Care who is looking for a loving home.

Momma Dog recently gave birth to a litter of puppies. Thanks to members of the community, those puppies are all in foster homes. Now it's Momma Dog's turn to find a home of her own! She is a sweet, calm dog who will make a great family pet.

Momma Dog's adoption fee includes spaying, vaccinations and microchipping. For more information on how to adopt her or any other animal, call (954) 359-1313 or visit Broward County Animal Care's website.

For more animal news, visit the NBC6.com All About Animals page.

<![CDATA[Endangered Arabian Oryx Born at Zoo Miami]]> Sun, 05 Apr 2015 03:38:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/DSC_2794.jpg

Visitors at a zoo in Southeast Florida on Friday witnessed a rare sight: the birth of an endangered animal.

An Arabian Oryx gave birth in her exhibit as both visitors and Zoo Miami staff looked on.

The Arabian Oryx species is considered highly endangered, and was declared extinct in the wild in 1972. Zoo Miami's Ron Magill said captive breeding programs in zoos helped rebound the wild population numbers close to 1,500.

These antelope are now found in Saudi Arabia and Oman, and can go for weeks without water. According to Magill, the Arabian Oryx is believed to have started the legend of the unicorn, since it appears to have only one horn when seen in profile.

Photo Credit: Ron Magill/Zoo Miami]]>
<![CDATA[16 Dogs Found Abandoned at Miami Humane Society ]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 23:32:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/186*120/abandoned-dogs-crop.jpg

The staff at the Humane Society of Greater Miami found 16 Maltese-mix dogs in horrible condition dumped on the doorstep of their shelter Friday morning.

They jumped into action to give the animals some much needed medical care and TLC.

The Humane Society says the dogs were abandoned in front of the facility, sometime during the night. The animals were stuffed into two crates, stacked on top of and stepping over each other.

“We are not sure how long these poor dogs were left cramped inside the filthy crates, but it was a heartbreaking situation,” said Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

"I've been here almost 11 years and I've never seen anything like it. How anyone can neglect dogs to eventually get to this condition is just terrible.

While we are happy that someone had the decency to bring them here, the condition that these poor dogs are in is absolutely inhumane.

All the dogs are very scared and we are doing our best to calm them down, stabilize them and ensure they are provided all the medical care they need.”

Their fur was matted and discolored yellow from urine. All of them knotted and tangled with feces. Two of the dogs had patches of matted fur the size of an eggplant.

Staffers say many of the dogs have severe dental disease and may eventually need to have teeth extracted.

How and why they ended up at the Humane Society is a mystery, but the animals will now have the opportunity for a much better life.

"The dogs are no longer stuffed into two cages, they're all in their individual cages being carefully cared for," Hoffman said.

All 16 dogs will be quarantined for seven to 14 days to make sure they are healthy and adoptable.

They are currently being processed, bathed, vaccinated and will be microchipped and spayed or neutered at the appropriate time.

If you would like to donate to help with the care of the dogs, go to: humanesocietymiami.org.

Photo Credit: Humane Society of Greater Miami]]>
<![CDATA[Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Stray Animals]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 13:34:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/island+paws+golf+040315.jpg

An upcoming charity golf tournament will benefit stray animals in South Florida and Bimini.

Island Paws Rescue is holding its third-annual tournament at Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course on Saturday, May 16th. The even will raise funds that will directly help animals in need. Proceeds from the golf tournament will support the rescue's mission of saving the lives of stray dogs and cats throughout South Florida as well as the island of Bimini through sterilization, adoption and education.

Tournament participants will also be able to enter contests during the event, including longest drive, closest-to-the-pin and horseshoes. An awards ceremony and after-party will be held at Galuppi's restaurant next to the golf course.

For more information or to register for the golf tournament, visit Island Paws Rescue website

Photo Credit: Island Paws Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[BSO Offers Free Pet Microchips for Cooper City Residents]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 13:00:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/pet+microchip.jpg

The Broward Sheriff's Office will be offering free pet microchips for Cooper City residents later this month.

BSO will hold its annual "Chip-a-Pet" event on Saturday, April 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cooper City residents will be able to get their dogs and cats microchipped free of charge. The event will take place at the BSO Cooper City District Office, located at 10580 Stirling Road.

Those interested in getting their pets microchipped should call (954) 432-9000, ext. 249 to register. The event is open to Cooper City residents only.

<![CDATA[Massive School of Sharks Spotted in Sebastian]]> Sat, 04 Apr 2015 07:50:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/indianriverbyair.jpg

Photos of a massive school of sharks spotted just south of the Sebastian Inlet in Indian River County Thursday have Facebook users speculating about just what type of sharks they are.

John Massung of Indian River by Air tells NBC 6 South Florida that it's typical to see sharks in the water in north central Florida, but not quite like this.

"It looked like they had traveling in mind. They were heading north," he says.

Massung says the powerful camera he normally uses is in the shop, but even with his backup lens, he was able to catch incredible views of the sharks from his powered parachute.

"It was something to see," he says. "I did fly on for about a mile, and it didn't end!"

Massung says another person was flying to the east of him and the sharks were out that way as well. He was even able to spot a manatee and her baby calf swimming among the sharks.

"They weren't bothering anything. They were just swimming," he says.

Since sharks don't come with name tags, Massung posted the photos to the group's Facebook page asking for input as to what type of sharks they are.

Since then, the post has been shared more than 1500 times with users speculating that they're anything from spinner sharks to black tips to bull sharks. 

HOT OFF THE PRESS: John spotted these sharks this morning just south of the Sebastian Inlet. Unfortunately sharks don't...

Posted by Indian River by Air on Thursday, April 2, 2015

 While he doesn't proclaim to be an expert on marine life, Massung, who is originally from Pittsburgh, says he routinely sees sharks coming in through the inlet and into the Sebastian River this time of year as they prepare to give birth.

He says the group of sharks were still in the area Friday, but conditions were not as clear for photographs.

This isn't the first time a post to the Indian River by Air Facebook page has picked up steam. Last August, Massung snapped an incredible photograph of a group of rays coming into the ocean. The group was so large they couldn't all fit in the frame, so he zoomed into a cross section to see the rays layered on top of each other.

"It was an amazing picture, and we had 110,000 hits in just a couple of days," he says.

For more photos and videos, visit Indian River by Air.

Photo Credit: Indian River by Air]]>
<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets - April 3, 2015]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 11:34:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Cuddles+526503.jpg Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets - April 3, 2015

Photo Credit: Humane Society of Broward County]]>
<![CDATA[Man Charged Over Captured Owl Video]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:44:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/vod-web-owl.jpg

A 28-year-old West Palm Beach man accused of capturing a protected great horned owl and driving around with it while drinking is now facing charges.

The man had posted a video of himself on Facebook holding an apparently stunned or injured owl while driving in West Palm Beach around 2:00 a.m. on March 16, authorities said.

The man, identified as Stervenson Benjamin, is charged with violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Federal Wildlife Officer William Calvert served the violation notice on Sunday.

If he is convincted, he could face up to six months in jail, up to a $15,000 fine and up to one year of probation or supervised release. Information on a lawyer wasn't immediately available.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Florida Wildlife Commission jointly investigated, and the case will be handled by federal prosecutors.

<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - March 31, 2015]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 13:25:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/166*120/Fufi+A1688844.jpg Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - March 31, 2015]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Extreme Dog Shaming]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:06:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Extreme+Dog+Shaming.png Seth Meyers digs up some of the worst fuzzy offenders in this "Late Night" edition of the internet phenomenon of dog-shaming.]]> <![CDATA[Zoo Miami Welcomes New Clouded Leopards]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:38:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/babycloudedleopards1.jpg

Zoo Miami has two adorable new residents.

Two female clouded leopard kittens made their debut on March 9th and have been secluded in a den with their mother until now.

Zoo officials decided to keep the girls in a den with their mother to allow mom and babies to properly bond and to avoid any external stress during the bonding process.

The babies are the second successful litter for mom, "Serai," and dad, "Rajasi." Serai is said to be an excellent and attentive mother who is nursing her babies on a regular basis.

Serai and the babies won't be on exhibit for the next few weeks until zoo staff decide they are stable enough to face the public.

The highly endangered clouded leopard is described as a very secretive cat found in forests within Southern China, Taiwan, and Malaysia.

Adults weigh between 30 to 50 pounds and they like to dine on a variety of birds and mammals including monkeys, deer, and porcupines.

Clouded leopards are highly endangered and subject to hunting as their attractive pelts have ceremonial value in a variety of cultures.

<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Benji]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:49:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/potw+benji+32815.PNG

Our pet of the week is Benji, a handsome 1-year-old terrier mix from the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

Benji is a friendly dog who gets along great with children and other animals. He is playful and has a sweet personality. Benji would make a great family dog.

All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping. For more information on how to adopt Benji or any other animal, call 305-696-0800 or visit the Humane Society's website

For more animal news, visit our All About Animals page. 

<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoption Fees Waived]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:29:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/shelter-dog-kennel.jpg

Families looking to bring home a new four-legged best friend can adopt for free on Saturday.

Miami-Dade Animal Services has partnered with Animal Planet and the ASPCA to cover adoption fees and tag registrations for all dogs and cats at the shelter.

The promotion is first-come, first-serve, and will last as long as the funds remain.

Recording artist Ariana Grande is also taking part. The South Florida native will host pet adoptions during her concert Saturday evening at the American Airlines Arena. The shelter will have their mobile adoption trailer outside the venue from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with Grande sponsoring the adoption fees.

Grande will also have adoptable dogs from the shelter featured on-screen during the concert.

<![CDATA[Massive Gator Spotted Again at Florida Golf Club]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:45:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gatoreatingturtle.jpg

The giant alligator spotted at an Englewood, Florida, golf course is back -- and this time, he's hungry.

The Myakka Pines Golf Course posted a new photo to Facebook Thursday of their famous resident -- a giant alligator affectionately known as "Goliath."

This time, Goliath is chowing down on a giant turtle.

"Sorta nasty to see, but it's the reality of wild animals," the club says on their Facebook page.

Mickie Zada, manager of the club, estimates that Goliath is at least 12 to 13 feet long.

The reptile earned his name after the club polled fans on Facebook on what they should name him.

The other choices were "Viral" and "Myakka Mike."

Photo Credit: Myakka Pines Golf Club ]]>
<![CDATA[Last Chance Dogs at Broward Animal Care]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:47:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/A1730894+LAZARUS.jpg

Three dogs at Broward County Animal Care are considered "last call" and are in need of urgent adoption or rescue. The adoption fee for all of these dogs has been waived!

Norman is a playful and energetic pup that loves to play with everyone. He is a 3-year-old, 42-pound American Staffordshire/Labrador mix. Norman is super friendly, loves people, and would do best in an active home that can keep up with his exuberance. A canine friend to pal around with and chase in the yard might also be just the thing for him. Since he can be a bit hyper, he needs a home that’s prepared to deal with his positive puppy vibes.

Lazarus is a very good boy who loves to play with others in his playgroup sessions. He is a 3-year-old, 55-pound American Staffordshire Terrier who adores people and responds well to commands. Lazarus is a very handsome boy and is always trying to get love and affection from those around him.

Tex is a 10-month-old Labrador-Hound mix who loves to play. This 45-pound pup plays hard so he needs an equally-active partner to keep up with him. Whether human or canine, Tex is happy just as long as he is loved. He can’t wait to share his youthful energy and affection with his new family either. With so many changes in his young life already, he is really hoping for a stable and secure place to finally call home.

If you can adopt any of these amazing dogs and give them a second chance, please stop by Broward County Animal Care and Adoption, 1870 SW 39th Street, Fort Lauderdale. The shelter is open for adoptions Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Also, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Or you can contact the shelter at (954) 359-1313, or email rescue@broward.org.

<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets - March 27, 2015]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:10:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Dunkin+526268.jpg Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets - March 27, 2015

Photo Credit: Humane Society of Broward County]]>
<![CDATA[Rescue Group Saves Dog Abandoned on Highway]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:49:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/sadie+032515.PNG The rescue group 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida rescued Sadie, a dog who was thrown out of the car by Interstate 95 and then hit by a vehicle. The group has rescued more than 3,000 dogs in the area and needs help to continue its mission.]]> <![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets - March 25, 2015]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:40:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Bart+A1684433.jpg Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoptable Pets for March 25, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[It's National Puppy Day!]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:36:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dogs_generic_shelter_puppies.jpg

Who doesn't love puppies?

Monday, March 23 is a day to indulge in that puppy love. It's National Puppy Day!

Founded in 2006 by celebrity pet and lifestyle author Colleen Paige, National Puppy Day was launched as a way to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring into our lives.

The day is also intended to help save orphaned puppies, to educate the public about puppy mills and to push for puppy-free pet stores.

Paige is also the founder behind National Dog Day and National Cat Day.

National Puppy Day has trended worldwide on Twitter since 2012, and so far, 2015 appears to be no exception. According to initial data from Topsy.com, the hashtag #NationalPuppyDay had already been used more than 10,000 times by noon.

We want to see photos of the puppies that are bringing joy to your lives! Email your puppy photos to isee@nbc6.com or Tweet/Instagram us using the hashtags #NationalPuppyDay and #NBC6. We may use your photos in a gallery on our website!

For more information on National Puppy Day, visit the National Puppy Day website.

<![CDATA[Featured Pet: Samantha]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:16:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/potw+samantha+32215.PNG

Our pet of the week is Samantha, a 1-year-old black Labrador at Broward Animal Care who is looking for a loving home.

Samantha is a beautiful, friendly dog. She loves to go for walks and is great on a leash. Samantha is a sweet, calm dog who will make a great family pet.

Samantha's adoption fee includes spaying, vaccinations and microchipping. For more information on how to adopt her or any other animal, call (954) 359-1313 or visit Broward County Animal Care's website.

For more animal news, visit the NBC6.com All About Animals page.

<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Rusty]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:47:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/potw+rusty+032115.PNG

Our pet of the week is Rusty, a 3-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix from Pooches in Pines.

Rusty is an active, sweet dog. He is friendly and loves people and other dogs. Rusty knows basic commands and walks well on a leash. He will make a great family dog.

Pooches in Pines is helping Rusty find his forever home. His adoption includes vaccinations, neutering and microchipping.

For more information on how to adopt Rusty or any other animal, visit the Pooches in Pines website or on their Facebook page

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page. 

<![CDATA[Korean Meat-Farm Dogs Taken to Shelters for Adoption]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:22:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/dog84.JPG

Most of the 57 dogs rescued from the butcher in South Korea are doing well at a San Francisco animal shelter and are getting ready to find new homes in the United States.

On Friday, the dogs, mostly puppies, were being sent to four adoption agencies in San Francisco, the East Bay, Marin and Sacramento. The dogs were rescued from a meat farm outside of Seoul, where dog meat is considered a delicacy, according to the SPCA.

"We're making a difference for these 57 dogs," said Lisa Bloch of the Marin Humane Society. "We're shining a light" on a "gruesome industry."

The International Humane society rescued these 57 dogs from a slaughterhouse in South Korea after their owner decided to get out of the dog meat business and grow chilies instead.  People kill an estimated two million dogs a year for food, where in South Korea, dog meat is considered a delicacy. 

Because these particular breeds are considered food in South Koreans, people don't view them as pets. That's why these dogs ended up here in the United States.

<![CDATA[Pets and Toxins on the Table]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:42:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/toxins+table+032015.jpg

March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month! We’ve talked about toxins in the medicine cabinet and toxins in the yard. It’s time to talk about potential pet poisonings that we eat every day.


Last year, my wife picked up some dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds at our local health food store. We figured they were not as bad for us as some other snacks, so we left them on the coffee table where we could easily grab a few, and satisfy our cravings for sweets. Several hours later, we heard the unmistakable sound of a Whole Foods container hitting a tile floor. We looked at each other in disbelief. The only dog in that part of the house was Zohan. The good one. The hellion was asleep in her bed. We rushed downstairs to find that Zohan, the good dog, had consumed about a half cup of these “healthy” treats. To put it another way, this was about three times the lethal dose for a dog his size. We dragged him away from his conquest and into the yard, where we used hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Lots. And Lots. Of vomiting. When his ordeal was over and he was allowed back inside, he returned to the scene of the crime in search of more chocolate!

Despite his miserable post-binge experience, chocolate remains the one food for which Zohan will defy his training with reckless abandon. He will fixate on a tray of brownies. He will deftly pluck an Oreo from a child’s hand. I’ve even caught him trying to chew open a bottle of cocoa scented hand lotion. He does it for the same reason we all eat foods that are bad for us - it’s darn delicious, and frankly, it’s worth it! We have to watch him like a hawk.

I share this rather unflattering example of my shortcomings as a pet owner for two reasons. First, I feel like I’ve devoted a lot of past column space to sounding the alarm over chocolate. That being said, we still regularly see chocolate toxicity, as does nearly every practitioner in the country! Second, pet parents need to know that pets are unpredictable, and can easily take us by surprise. My own dogs have caught me off guard and I know better. Nobody’s perfect. Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that causes stomach upset, increased respiratory rate, dangerously high heart rates, seizures, coma and cardiac failure in both dogs and cats. If you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate, call your veterinarian right away. Be honest, and don’t be embarrassed.

Alcohol and Caffeine

Beer and fruit-flavored mixed drinks are very attractive to dogs. Cocktails containing cream or half-and-half are irresistible to cats. Ditto for cafe con leche. Alcohol and caffeine toxicities are some of the leading causes of visits to the emergency clinic. Symptoms include respiratory depression, cardiac problems, and liver damage, so keep any adult beverages out of your fur-kid’s reach.

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are species belonging to the allum family, a type of plant that while beneficial for humans, is not tolerated by dogs and cats. Other common foods in this category include shallots, leeks, chives, and Chinese onions. Seasoning and spice packets are especially problematic as they contain very high concentrations. Pets that ingest these foods often suffer from gastrointestinal distress. When these larger amounts are consumed, a life-threatening condition called Heinz body anemia can develop. Clinical signs include lethargy, inappetance, pale gums, increased respiration and collapse. Pets suffering from Heinz body anemia must be hospitalized and given blood transfusions in order to survive the condition.

Grapes and Raisins

These healthy treats contain a substance that has yet to be identified, but has been definitively linked to kidney failure in dogs and cats. Because they are often given to children as healthy snacks, it is important to make sure that the youngsters understand that they will make pets very sick.


Xylitol is a natural, sugarless sweetener found in many sugar-free candies, mints, chewing gums, and snacks. Those sugar-free gelatin and pudding snacks that kids love, probably contain xylitol and should never be shared. Additionally, xylitol is often used to sweeten vitamins, supplements, mouthwash and toothpaste! This is one of the many reasons pet owners are advised never to use their own toothpaste on their pets. Clinical signs of xylitol toxicity include stomach upset, tremors, lethargy, collapse, seizures, and jaundice. Left untreated, the condition can lead to liver failure and death. Since items containing xylitol often find their way into purses, a good rule of thumb is to keep purses where pets cannot reach them, and instruct all guests to do the same.

Remember, these are only a few of the most common culprits in pet poisonings. If you think your pet has ingested a toxin, call your veterinarian immediately. You can also call the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661. As of the time of this writing, there is a $39 per incident fee for this service.

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Photo Credit: Sabal Chase Animal Clinic]]>
<![CDATA[Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets - March 20, 2015]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:15:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Gracie+525987.jpg Broward Humane Society Adoptable Pets - March 20, 2015

Photo Credit: Humane Society of Broward County]]>
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: The Rescued Street Dogs of Havana]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:36:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP515951884285_0_CubaDogs.jpg The animal protection society in Cuba keeps a list of 21 dogs living in state institutions. At night, the animals patrol the streets with local police or sleep under a museum’s grand stairway. Click for photos of the cute pups.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[42 Chihuahuas Removed From Miami-Dade Home Up for Adoption]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:17:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/031915+miami-dade+chihuahuas.jpg

Miami-Dade County Animal Services is looking for homes for 42 Chihuahuas that were removed from a home Wednesday.

The Chihuahuas were removed from a home in northwest Miami-Dade but were found to be in good condition after an evaluation by shelter veterinarians, animal services officials said.

An anonymous tip led animals services to the home, officials said. They called it a case of dog hoarding and uncontrolled breeding, and said the owner voluntarily surrendered the animals.

"Uncontrolled breeding is a large contributor to the number of homeless pets in our community," said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade County Animal Services. "We can’t stress enough the importance of spaying or neutering pets, which not only helps reduce the number of unwanted pets, but also helps them live longer and healthier lives."

The Chihuahuas can be adopted by visiting the shelter located at 7401 Northwest 74th Street in Miami. Adoption hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more info visit animals.miamidade.gov.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Animal Services]]>