Please help. I saw a posting from a Facebook page I subscribe to, "The Patrick Miracle", a page for a dog named Patrick that has overcome a horrific case of neglect and abuse from the brink of death. The post they put up had been shared by another page, "Abandoned Dogs of the Everglades' Facebook". It read as follows: "dog that is being kept on the industrial roof in Miami and was reported to us by a supporter of 100+! The poor dog is sitting next to a brown and white dog kennel which is right under the cloud of steam. He is a large breed and is mostly white. We are doing everything possible to help this tortured animal! The authorities, including the fire department and MDAS say there is nothing they can do! The heat on this roof has got to be above 150 degrees during the day and unbearable! If this is not animal cruelty, what is!"
The outcry in comments was almost immediate. The photo showed a slightly blurry photo of a large breed dog on top of an industrial building, sitting next to an industrial air conditioner that was visibly blowing hot steam into the area. No trees for shade. Just what appeared to be a plastic dog house, and several bowls of dirty water. I read on as the stories and comments continued.
Apparently Miami authorities had been notified, but could not act on the situation due to the law stating an animal can be kept outside so long as it was provided food, water, and shade.
But aren't there extenuating circumstances when its in record high, blazing, Miami heat on an industrial building? I mean, can you imagine the temperatures up there? Even if he had shelter and water... would they not be heated to an almost unbearable temperature after being out in the hot sun all day? I know my house gets hot when I don't have MY air on. If I leave a cup of water outside in that heat for 5 minutes, it becomes too hot to drink. When a hose is left out with water in it, and the water comes out- it's heated to a scalding temperature.
Photos show that the dog was literally lying under the industrial air conditioning unit to shelter itself from the hot sun. But how much heat does an AC of that temperature emit? Anyone ever stand outside near the opposite end of a small window AC and feel the heat it omits?
Representatives of the dog's owner, in Spanish, stated that it's the same as being in a yard and that the dog is out there for security purposes, because thieves had stolen parts from their large AC previously. They have high, barbed wire fences surrounding the roof as well as security cameras. Additionally, what brazen thieves would be so bold as to attempt a criminal act in the broad day light with the obstacles they have out there? Why does the dog have to suffer? Why does he have to be left out there during the day to cook when the only real threat to security would be after business hours at night?
How is this not inhumane? How is this ethical?
A local news company reported on it. The Examiner.com ran two print articles about it. 1000's of commenters were outraged. I couldn't stand it. How could none of the Miami officials would even investigate?? Go up there. See what the temperatures were really like?
I reached out to several animal advocacy groups in the area, and received no response. I started a change.org petition to rally support on 08/01/2012 at 10PM with the goal of getting 200 signatures, and as of right now - 08/03/2012 at 5:31PM I have already gained the support of 2,717 people on my petition, but our cries have gone unanswered and poor "Burro" still must suffer. Someone needs to talk to this dog owner, in the very least, and they don't want to hear the public's concerns. One poster stated that they attempted to call the business to make their pleas and were hung up on.
I believe the address to the building is:
1201 Northwest 23rd Street Miami, FL 33142
This is a link to the petition I started: http://www.change.org/petitions/save-the-dog-trapped-on-the-roof-in-sweltering-miami-heat
These are the stories that have been run about this:
I am of limited expertise when it comes to animal outreach, but I want to do anything in my power to bring change to the quality of Burro's life. I feel we all need to draw awareness to this situation and I am asking everyone for help.
Facebook has silenced me. They accused me of spamming and have now eliminated numerous posting privileges of mine on Facebook. I can't even share the link to the story or petition anymore. We need help from someone who has access to the proper procedures and information entailed in getting through to someone about this issue.
Please contact for any additional information needed.
Thank you so much for considering assisting. In the very least, someone from Animal Welfare goes up and sees what a hot Miami rooftop really feels like.
PLEASE SHARE THIS PETITION ON YOUR FACEBOOK / TWITTER TO SPREAD THE WORD. SPREADING THE WORD IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET THIS LITTLE GUY'S STORY OUT!!!