St. Lucie Humane Society rescues animals from dangerous living conditions

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. - Elvis is in the building --the building that houses the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, that is.

There are 17 new dogs taking up residence at the Humane Society.  Not all of them have names yet, but give it time. The dogs are just getting used to their temporary caretakers.

"They were so quiet, they were just so happy to get out of that environment, they slept the whole way through here," said the Humane Society's Maria Ramirez.

Many of the animals were discovered at the animal refuge in western St. Lucie County and were underweight or had parasites.

The owner signed over the animals to St. Lucie County so time was of the essence. But with no room at the Humane Society of St. Lucie County to take in any animals, other Humane Societies and places like Dogs and Cats Forever in Fort Pierce have stepped in to provide housing.

The dogs are quarantined and volunteers have to wear boots before they come face to paw with their charges.

"These animals will need to be vaccinated, they'll need certain tests," said Janet Winikoff with the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County.

And that means money. The Humane Societies are collecting blankets, sheets, towels, collars and leashes. Each animal will likely need hundreds of dollars worth of medical care and it will be at least three weeks before the animals are ready for adoption... when Elvis can leave the building.

The Humane Society of St. Lucie County is raising money to help pay for the care of the animals that were rescued from the facility.

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