Neighbors Fight Over “Filthy” Mansion in Ritzy Miami Beach Neighborhood

The house on Hibiscus Island has a history of violations including trash all over the property and bee hives in the trees. A code enforcement officer called conditions not livable, even for the animals.

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    Residents of an exclusive Miami Beach neighborhood say one of the multimillion dollar homes is being kept in unlivable conditions and is being used as a dog shelter. The house on Hibiscus Island has a history of violations including trash all over the property and bee hives in the trees. A code enforcement officer called conditions not livable, even for the animals. NBC 6's Steve Litz reports.

    Residents of an exclusive Miami Beach neighborhood say one of the multimillion dollar homes is being used as a dog shelter and is kept in unlivable conditions.

    “They clean it up now and then but it's back to being a dump in a month,” neighbor Andrew Collins said of the house, located on the ritzy Hibiscus Island.

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    Pictures obtained from the inside of the house show dirty floors, broken furniture and dogs roaming in filth.

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    But Terrence Rosenberg, the home’s owner, said his house is fine and in good condition for the dogs.

    “It’s not everybody complaining, it's only one neighbor I ever had words with, he had words with me, not me with him,” Rosenberg said.

    The house has a history of violations including trash all over the property and bee hives in the trees. Recently, a code enforcement officer called conditions not livable, even for the animals.

    “I've got neighbors who have small dogs that won't walk by here anymore because they're afraid that they will be attacked by the other dogs,” neighbor Brenda Chemtov said.

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    On the internet the "Have a Heart Dog and Cat Rescue" agency lists 79 North Hibiscus Drive as an animal shelter.

    The house, with a stunning waterfront view, has survived liens and a foreclosure, but the neighbors have been complaining for years.

    “I think it's beyond even just the animals and what's going on, it's an abandoned house,” Chemtov said. “It seems like it needs to be handled by the city, I think more than anybody, so we hope so anyway.”

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    Rosenberg was asked if the conditions inside his house were fit for animals.

    “Absolutely,” he said.