Update on sweet, injured black dog overlooked at high kill shelter


Update from rescue: “Less than 24 hours ago, Precious Pets Adoption League asked the rescue community for help in raising funds to help save Bella. I’m so humbled and sincerely grateful to you all who answered that plea. Over $2700 was raised in a 24 hour time frame which shows me what we ALL can accomplish together as one. Bella went into surgery today around 3:30. She not only had the 6 fractured ribs, pleural effusion, diaphragmatic hernia, major organs that were moved up into her chest cavity, but she also had liver and gall bladder damage. Her injuries now display that she was and had been abused per her Doctor. These findings to say the least are very upsetting and disturbing. We will never know what this precious girl has been through in her life but Precious Pets Adoption League will make sure she only has a life fit for the princess that she is. Bella had to have her gallbladder removed along with 2 liver lobes. This, however, will NOT impact her quality of life. Bella is already standing and when you see the pictures look at her eyes and tell me what you see. I see a girl who is already showing signs of feeling so much relief, security and love. She knows she is safe. She knows she is loved. And for that I thank all of you and the fantastic rescue that wanted to save her. Thank you Precious Pets. Please continue to support Bella’s gofundme as we have a little ways to go to reach our goal. A new itemized bill will be posted Tuesday when their billing department personnel return. Thank you again.”

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On her way to the vet

Bella is sweet and so desperate for some love that she dragged herself across her cage to get petted by a recent visitor. She is sweet and docile, but she may have been hit by a car. She tucked her right leg under while she scooted across the cage. She bowed her head submissively when getting petted. While there are no notes on her kennel card about her injury, the volunteer noted that “all dogs will get up on all four legs to be petted, but she didn’t.” This volunteer has noticed that no one is interested in Bella, but she is very sweet and loving.

Bella was transferred to the fancy, new shelter in Miami, but that doesn’t mean she is safe. In the days after the move to the new shelter, from June 14th at 8:00 pm to June 17th at 8:00 pm, 56 cats and 40 dogs were killed by the shelter. That’s almost 100 animals killed by the shelter in less then one-half of just one week. And this is a shelter that claims to be no-kill. So in reality, mightn’t a shelter that kills 96 animals in 72 hours be considered a “high kill” shelter? Many in Miami think so.

The secret to killing all these animals and still claiming to be no-kill is not such a secret in the rescue world. Dogs who are aggressive or who have medical issues can be killed without it counting against the “no kill” statistics. So Bella, who has an injury, could be killed because of “medical reasons” and her death would not “count.” There have been occasions when rescues pulled a dog given the label of “aggressive” by the shelter only to find that the dog is sweet and friendly. (See linked articles below) It should be noted that the shelter does not have anyone qualified to give temperament tests, so any labels are given by untrained staff.

In face, on their website they basically state that. It says: No homeless animal is turned away at Miami-Dade Animal Services. Our goal is to reunite lost pets with their owners and when that is not possible, find a new home for them, provided that they are healthy and not aggressive. The key words to notice are “provided that they are healthy and not aggressive.” That is why dogs in need of killing are also in need of the label “aggressive” or “medically indicated euthanasia.”

That is why volunteers are worried about Bella. She is black, she is injured, and she is easily overlooked. Dogs like Bella are routinely killed when space is needed. Bella is sweet and loving. In spite of her pain, she craved the attention from a volunteer. Please share her story before it’s too late!

There may be more information on her Facebook thread. Bella is ID‪#‎A1791902. She is located in Pod B at the Miami Dade Animal Services, 3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, Florida 33166. The phone number is (305) 884-1101. The shelter is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Email: pets@miamidade.gov for more information.

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