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35 More Dogs from Yet Another Hoarding Case are Safe

Updated: Apr 14


A group of dogs huddled in crates awaiting rescue.
35 more dogs, from a group of 61 from another hoading case, are safe with rescues throughout Florida..

35 more dogs, part of a group of 61, have been rescued from a breeder in a mass owner surrender. Thanks to the actions of a concerned citizen, a network of dedicated animal rescue groups throughout the state mobilized to take in these dogs.

This rescue is a big departure from the last hoarding case. A good Samaritan who went to buy a puppy witnessed the poor conditions and immediately contacted a rescue for help. Kim Baldridge of Fawn's Small Dog Rescue and Tami Steinle of Papillon Pals Rescue, Inc have already taken 26 of these dogs into their care. As the scale of the problem became clear, they called Florida Urgent Rescue in to assist.

The breeder's family members stepped in to prevent a disastrous situation from escalating. Understanding the urgency, rescues agreed to meet the breeder's demand that the dogs be surrendered off-property. Dogs were brought to an abandoned gas station in crates by a third party.

Every single dog has been placed with a rescue organization. They will be quarantined, they will receive proper veterinary care, and they will have time to recover before finding loving homes. These dogs are understandably scared, but with proper treatment, compassionate care and time to decompress, we think they will thrive.

Florida Urgent Rescue (FUR) worked with nonprofit rescues throughout Florida to rescue the other 35. Rescues receiving these dogs include:

Fawn’s Small Dog Rescue (Jacksonville):

Papillon Pals (Jacksonville):

Rags to Riches Animal Rescue inc (Tampa):

Rescued Hearts - Small Dog Rescue (Sarasota):

Faithful Friends Pet Rescue and Rehoming (Gainesville):

Furever Home Animal Rescue (Titusville):

Florida Urgent Rescue (Jacksonville):

Florida Urgent Rescue took in 2 senior dogs in the worst condition of the group of 35, including a 5 lb blind and deaf 17 year old dog who probably needs both eyes removed, and a 3 lb, 13 year old dog with paraphimosis, raging ear infections, and various other medical problems. Both seniors have dental infections and are missing most of their teeth, and both have severe skin infections secondary to long term fleas.



Special thanks to Stephanie, Sierra, Tami Steinle, Erin Kupcha, Caroline Cozens, Sylvia, Mike Berounsky, and Sara Cleary for their dedication in transporting and coordinating this rescue. Erica Benson, Lynn Lamoureux, and Green Dog Spa  deserve recognition for providing vital grooming service, and to Dr. Bissell at Sandbridge Veterinary Center for accommodating us on short notice.

Let's Change the Ending for At-Risk Animals. These dogs deserve a loving home and a second chance. With your help, we can provide the care they need. Become a foster or donate today – together we can make a difference.

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Sick and injured animals need help fast. Every donation helps, but Monthly donors give us flexibility to respond immediately when there is an emergency. When there is a hoarding case or a hurricane, a dog with a gunshot wound or a cruelty case, we have to act quickly. We don't have time to do a fundraiser, and wait for those funds to get to us. Your monthly donation can help us save lives again and again. To learn more, please visit: https://www.floridaurgentrescue.org/donatemonthly

To Donate:

— Venmo: @FloridaUrgentRescue

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— Mail: Florida Urgent Rescue

7643 Gate Parkway #104-27

Jacksonville, FL 32256

Florida Urgent Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and FUR earned a Four-Star Rating on Charity Navigator, the highest possible rating. FUR also received a 2023 Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency by Guidestar, and is a 2023 Top Rated Nonprofit on Great Nonprofits. Learn more about FUR at: www.floridaurgentrescue.org

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