Miami-Dade is a highly populated area with a constant influx of animals into their Animal Services Department, but that is no excuse for the deplorable, unsanitary conditions in which many kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs live in while under the care of MDAS.
Tell Sara Pizano, Director of Animal Services, that Miami-Dade needs to improve the health and safety standards for the animals in their care and for the hopeful families who opt to adopt them.
After seeing a picture of Silvio online, in the shelter as of 1/19/11 and soon up for euthanization, we decided to adopt him. He was listed as a 5-week old stray with no medical record. Upon receiving him, we rushed him to a veterinary hospital in Boca Raton, only 40 minutes away. He stayed under emergency care with full consent to proceed with anything needed and he was even transferred to another facility for overnight care. We had received him filthy, infested with fleas and covered with flea dirt (flea feces and eggs), he had internal parasites, a respiratory infection, his behind was so covered in dried excrement that he was unable to relieve himself until after the vet was able to clean him, he had a badly swollen eye and both eyes were oozing. He had been gasping for air and was malnourished, with the vet's estimation of his age at only 3-4 weeks. He had been in the shelter form 1/19/11 until 1/28/11- nine days without someone cleaning him up, properly feeding him or even noticing that he was barely clinging to life. After nearly $2000 in vet bills and 3 agonizing days waiting for this precious little angel to pull through, his little body just couldn't make it. Silvio passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2011.
Our only comfort was that he was clean, comfortable, warm, and surrounded by a family who still loves him and will never forget him.
Don't let this happen again.
Tell Sara Pizano and Mami-Dade Animal Servceis to give animals the respect that they deserve and improve the living conditions and quality of care!