Humane Society seeking help to care for 76 dogs surrendered Monday


VERO BEACH – The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County has taken in 75 Chihuahuas and a pug after an anonymous breeder surrendered the dogs to the facility. Humane Society officials estimate it will cost $30,000 to care for the dogs before they are available for adoption by the end of the month.

Janet Winikoff, of the Humane Society, said that the breeder arranged to hand over the animals on the condition of the breeder’s name not being released. “The breeder indicated financial hardship as the reason for relinquishment,” Winikoff said in a release.

“Each animal has been photographed, vaccinated, microchipped and has received an initial medical assessment,” HSVB & IRC Director of Outreach Ilka Daniel said. 

The dogs range in age from four days to seven years.

Daniel added that the dogs will be released for adoption at the end of October.

“This will give our staff the chance to fully assess their health and personalities,” Daniel said.

Since only six of the dogs are currently sterilized, the Humane Society will be spaying and neutering all dogs placed for adoption.

“Because the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County is a nonprofit organization, monetary donations will help the shelter provide veterinary care, medication, and food.,” Winikoff said. “Contributions of supplies such as blankets, sheets and towels are also welcome.”

To find out how to help, contact the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County by calling (772) 388-3331.

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