Friday, March 29, 2013
Medical Reports: Stop the Suffering
It's a growing problem in Miami-Dade, pets being abused, abandoned and growing just as fast are the rescue groups trying to save these animals. But before you donate to any rescue group, 7's Diana Diaz shows us how to make sure you're really helping to Stop the Suffering.
WSVN -- When it comes to suffering, these are some of the smallest victims.
Molly: "She has burns of some sort. Someone hurt her, this is by human hand."
This dog was at Miami-Dade Animal Control slated to be put down.
Molly: "She loves everybody."
And so was this one.
Molly: "The bone is very deformed, twisted./but it will have to be amputated."
Molly: "She's like give me more."
Was surrendered to the county because the owner said she wouldn't eat.
Molly: "There is nothing wrong with this dog except the fact that someone starved her to death."
Three dogs, hurt, abused and facing death if they stayed at the shelter.
Molly: "We are a rescue that takes extreme cases. If no one took her she would have been euthanized there."
Molly has been saving dogs at death's door for years. She recently started a charity called Xtreme Rescue Incorporated, hoping she can save more.
Molly: "The money we collect only goes to medical bills. Everything else I pay for."
Since she was a little girl, Julianne has saved dogs.
Julianne Richardson: "I was driving home from work and I saw a car pull over off of Krome, and just throw them out the car."
A Daschund tossed from a car. Dogs abandoned and left wandering the streets. They are the reasons why Julianne's family started Dogs in Crisis."
Woman: "If we could get to the point, where people could manage to keep their dogs. If they were neutered, and if they had their shots, and if knew food was coming to them on a regular basis. That it wasn't really costing them. If they could just take the dog and love it and have a pet."
They are working with local churches to line up families that need help. These are just two charities among dozens that are popping up in Miami-Dade County, trying to save dogs from certain death.
So how do you know if you are donating money to a good organization?
First, confirm the group is actually a charity with tax-exempt status, and that it is registered as a charity with the State of Florida.
Then, ask to see financial records. Legitimate charitable organizations will open their books and show you exactly how their money is spent.
Molly: "I pay for everything out of my pocket. Food, transportation, toys, all of our volunteers are not paid. The money is 100 percent medical."
Molly says she encourages donors to send money directly to the vet.
Molly: "The money can come directly to him because that's where the money goes."
Dr. Carlos Machado says he helps Molly save three to five dogs a week.
Dr. Carlos Machado: "It's the right thing to do, I do this because I like doing it. It's not for anything else, I like animals. I rescue animals myself."
Because at the end of the day, a skinny dog, an abused dog, even a three-legged dog can still be a loving addition to any family.
Dr. Carlos Machado: "She's doing great. She's happy, content."
Diana Diaz: "Rescue workers say the biggest dumping grounds for animals are the areas of Homestead, the Redlands and the Everglades."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Aussie Animal Hospital
18675 S. Dixie Hwy Cutler Bay, FL 33157 Phone: (305) 235-7339
XTREME RESCUE INC.