WELLINGTON, Fla. - More than 50 dogs are in need of loving homes after being rescued from a house in deplorable conditions in Miami-Dade County.
Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Wellington took in a majority of the animals and will care for them until they can be adopted.
"They’re all very sweet and docile, and I think I that they are so happy to be out of the situation they’re in," said Big Dog Ranch Rescue President Lauree Simmons.
The group took them in after getting a call for help from Miami-Dade Animal Services on Friday.
“I handpicked the ones that were most in need.” said Simmons. “The ones that needed more TLC, more time, more medical attention because I knew they would be the first to be euthanized.”
Miami-Dade Animal Services rescued more than 50 dogs from a house located on East 59th Street and East 6th Avenue in Hialeah.
Police were doing a welfare check when they found one man dead inside from natural causes. The man’s parents, who also lived at the residence, were sent to Palmetto Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Authorities said the dogs, all Dachshund mixes, were in horrible condition.
Luis Cuellar with Miami-Dade County Animal Services said they have scabies, mange and malnutrition.
Neighbors said they weren’t sure how many dogs the owner had in his possession.
Big Dog Ranch Rescue plans to go back and pick up more of the rescued dogs from the shelter.
Simmons said the animals should be ready for adoption in about two weeks.