INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County is providing shelter and care to 17 dogs recently removed from a St. Lucie County, Florida “rescue” organization.
Authorities from St. Lucie County, The Humane Society of the U.S. and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals requested the help of the Indian River County Humane Society after discovering more than 100 dogs and cats confined in deplorable conditions last week at the Sanctuary Animal Refuge.
Local staff helped care for all of the animals on-site last Wednesday and Thursday and then transported 17 dogs of various breeds back to Indian River County on Saturday afternoon.
“Our shelter is committed to helping whenever we can,” Humane Society Director of Animal Care Maria Ramirez said.
Ramirez’s response team consisted of a veterinarian as well as several staff and volunteers trained to help animals during disasters. Veterinary technicians from St. Francis Animal Hospital in Vero Beach also provided emergency medical care.
Although all of the dogs have received preliminary veterinary examinations, it may be several weeks before they can be placed for adoption.
“Our primary goal is to keep the animals comfortable and put them on the road to recovery,” Ramirez explained.
The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County is requesting monetary donations as well as donated supplies such as blankets, sheets and towels to help offset expenses.
Monetary donations can be made by calling (772) 388-3331 ext. 26 and donations of supplies can be brought to the shelter, located at 6230 77th St., Vero Beach.