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Yacht transports dogs from Nassau to Palm Beach County

Posted at 5:07 AM, Sep 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-09 11:16:41-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — If you follow the WPTV Facebook page, this weekend you may have seen Facebook lives of the evacuation efforts in the Bahamas of 50 animals by Big Dog Ranch Rescue based in Loxahatchee Groves.

The charity has a history of going to places hit by hurricanes where animals are in need of human help.

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Big Dog Ranch Rescue chose Nassau as their base of operations for this evacuation because the city's infrastructure is still intact with little damage, helping service the islands impacted by the hurricane.

It was a scramble against time this weekend for Big Dog Ranch workers.

The dogs in the Bahamas they were rescuing are used to living in cages in the hot summer heat, but the animals will be relocated to homes in South Florida that will have plush beds and air conditioning.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue arranged a 240-foot super yacht called The M/Y Laurel to evacuate 52 dogs and drop off food and water in Freeport and then bring the animals to South Florida Monday morning.

The yacht left Nassau on Saturday night, traveled to Freeport to drop off emergency animal supplies on Saturday and arrived Monday around 6 a.m. at Rybovich Marina in West Palm Beach.

Many of you on the WPTV Facebook page are asking how you can adopt these dogs. Big Dog Ranch Rescue says there is a mandatory quarantine period and then they will need to be nursed back to health.

But the organization points out, if you adopt one of the 500 dogs they have now at their facility, it will allow them to make room for the dogs coming from the Bahamas.