A dog that was found tethered inside a vacant and filthy Miami-Dade house without access to food or water was getting treatment at the county shelter, officials said Tuesday.
Miami-Dade Animal Services responded to a complaint about the dog on July 16 at the property at 1711 Northwest 68th Street, officials said.
The thin female bull terrier mix, which is now being called Gigi, was removed from the home and brought to the shelter for evaluation and treatment.
"The house was filthy, it was in filthy conditions," said Lilian Bohorquez, with Animal Services. "It appeared no one was living there, as if it was vacant."
Bohorquez said Gigi was thin and had a few fleas and ticks.
"We are giving Gigi the treatment and attention she deserves and reaching out to adopters, foster parents and rescue organizations to help us find Gigi a permanent loving home and family," Animal Services director Alex Muñoz said.
Because Gigi is a pit bull and Miami-Dade prohibits residents from owning the breed, her options are limited.
"Gigi can be adopted by someone who can prove they live in Broward County," Bohorquez said. "What Gigi needs is a good home, a loving family and she will give back lots of love."
Gigi's shelter identification number is A1711895. Interested adopters can visit the Animal Services Shelter at 7401 Northwest 74th Street in Medley. Adoption hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Animal Services is investigating the case and will be following up with the property owner, officials said.