Humane Society rescues 13 lucky dogs


Late Saturday night, the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB) took in 13 dogs rescued from several overburdened animal shelters in Puerto Rico. The island’s animal shelters are trying to help more than 300,000 street dogs known as “satos” whose typical fate is abandonment and starvation. Many dogs are left to die on Puerto Rico’s notorious “Dead Dog Beach.” Working late into the night, HSVB staff transported the dogs from Ft. Lauderdale Airport to HSVB, walked, watered and fed the dogs and let them settle in to their kennels to rest.

Robby, Bobby, Godiva, Chillah, Alaia, Luilli and Lobo are just a few of the rescued pups set to find refuge in loving homes across the Treasure Coast. “Our plan is to give these dogs a full medical evaluation right way. They’ve been through a lot so our behavior team will also help them adjust to their new lives and new families,” Director of Operations Maria Ramirez said. “Our goal is to help these dogs start happy new lives as soon as possible,” she added. According to Ramirez, the dogs will be placed for adoption as soon as they receive all necessary care.

The 13 lucky satos accepted by HSVB are mostly small to medium terrier mixes. They were part of group of 100 dogs and 45 cats flown to Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday and dispersed to 11 animal welfare organizations along the East Coast by The Humane Society of the United States as part of “Operation Breathing Room.” This rescue effort was designed to raise public awareness concerning Puerto Rico’s tragic animal situation.

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County is a nonprofit organization. Donations of toys, sheets, blankets and treats can be brought to the shelter, located at 6230 77th St., Vero Beach. Monetary donations can be made by calling the shelter at (772) 388-3331 ext. 113 or giving online at

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