Rescued dogs up for adoption after living in truck
MEDLEY, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida mother and daughter are facing animal cruelty charges after dozens of their animals were found living in horrible conditions.
More than 80 dogs were removed from filthy crates from inside a U-Haul truck last Tuesday morning.
Miami-Dade Animal Services inspectors released the pictures of how the dogs were crowded into cages stacked up one top of each other, as they confiscated the dogs from a home on Southwest 248th Street.
Police arrested Teresa Horta-Barrial and Maria Crespo. The mother and daughter told authorities they were pet rescuers. "As to count one through count 84, your bond is going to be $1,000 per count. That's a cruelty to animals charge, so it's gonna be $84,000. So your total bond is $153,500 for all of your charges," said a judge.
The Humane Society of Greater Miami took nearly 30 of the dogs. The others are being cared for at Miami-Dade Animal Services. "I would say it was more filth then anything. Luckily, they were in fairly good conditions considering the conditions that they were living in," said Humane Society of Greater Miami spokesperson Lisa Depriest, "very unkempt conditions. They had feces, urine, bad nails, bad teeth, but over all. they were healthy."
More then a dozen dogs have found loving homes. "The sooner they find a home, the better it is for everyone," said Depriest.
"They are pretty friendly. They are a little shy. All they need is some loving and some attention," said Miami-Dade Animal Services spokesperson Luis Salgado.
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