Update: Rescued by EARS and safe!!
Mo is terrified at the county shelter. Like many dogs, the noisy shelter environment is causing him to shut down. But there’s even more that’s causing Mo stress. Look at the picture of his water bowl. The water appears to be filthy and looks like it hasn’t been changed for days. The medication he is supposed to be receiving? According to a visitor, it’s thrown in his kennel in a ball of food by uncaring staff who don’t bother to watch to see if he eats it. So he is untreated.
The volunteers are heartbroken by Mo and his evident terror. They say he has even slept sitting up because he seems too frightened to move. He’s very reserved and can’t see well, so visitors need to go slow with him. Mo is in the west wing of the shelter where few people venture. It’s where dogs stay until they are killed. Few dogs are adopted from this part of the shelter.
A volunteer wrote:
It took me several minutes to gain his trust, he then allowed me to pet him and was then more than willing to go for a walk. s life depends on us. Once we got back from our walk I saw Mo lay down for the first time, he let me pet him and allowed me to remove the discharge from his eyes. Such a gem.”
Mo is in need of an adopter, foster or rescue willing to nurse him back to health. He has multiple growths on his back, skin irritation, and his eyes need medical attention. He has clearly lived a life of neglect. Yet Mo is only three years old! He has a lifetime of love and companionship to share if only he gets out of this kill shelter. While this shelter claims to be a “no-kill” shelter, on average over the past two years 60 dogs were killed each week. That does not add up to no-kill.
Mo and other animals at the Miami Dade Animal Services need better treatment. They need access to clean water and they need staff to make sure they take their medication. And if the problem is that there are not enough staff to make sure that the animals get fresh water and take their medication, then the mayor should comply with the wish of the people who voted to enact a Pet’s Trust for the shelter. He has refused to do so in spite of a 65% vote in favor of the tax (which would only amount to $15 per house).
The volunteer who took this picture wrote:
This is for the people who don’t see what goes on at MDAS or who think volunteers are exaggerating when they say how bad it is. It’s the shelters responsibility to make sure the animals have the very basic, that includes food and water. It’s bad enough they don’t get walked, bathed, or socialized on a regular but also this? It’s unacceptable.”
You can see all his pictures on his Facebook threads. Mo is ID# A1777805. He is at Miami Dade Animal Services, 7401 NW 74th St, Miami, Florida, 33166. 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.
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