MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A dog, found tethered inside a vacant and filthy home, is being cared for and will hopefully soon have a forever home.
Miami-Dade County Animal Services responded to a complaint about a dog that was inside the vacant home located at 1711 NW 68 St. in Miami on July 16.
The 3-year-old thin female bull terrier mix was tied inside on the front door without food or water.
Neighbors say sometimes the homeless sleep inside the abandoned structure, but it is unknown who left the pooch inside.
“That’s real terrible, no words to explain how bad is that,” said Indjy Severe, a neighbor.
The dog, now named “Gigi,” was removed by Animal Services and brought to the shelter for evaluation and treatment by shelter veterinarians.
“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, said Alex Muñoz, Director, Animal Services Department in a press release.
Melissa Barrero with Animal Services said it’s not only a moral issue, but it’s also against the law as it’s not legal to tether your dog in Miami Dade County.
Gigi’s shelter identification number is A1711895. Those interested in adopting the rescued dog can visit Animal Services Shelter located at 7401 NW 74th St.
Gigi will not be available for adoption in Miami Dade because she is a pitbull mix. Usually dogs are $65 but there’s a current special where dogs over 35 pounds are half price.
Animal Services is currently investigating the case and following up with the property owner.