Staff from the Humane Society of Greater Miami were faced with an inhumane situation when they arrived to open the shelter Friday morning.
A total of 16 Maltese mixed dogs, stuffed on top of each other in two crates, were abandoned in front of the facility. None were seriously injured.
“We are not sure how long these poor dogs were left cramped inside the filthy crates, but it was a heartbreaking situation,” Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami, said in a written statement.
During examination, the staff veterinarians found many of the dogs’ fur to be matted, some containing feces stuck in their fur. Some of the dogs also have severe dental disease and might eventually need to have teeth extracted.
Each of the dogs will be quarantined between 7-14 days, to make sure that they are healthy before they can be adopted. They will be bathed, vaccinated and eventually micro-chipped and neutered.