‘Loving’ pair of dogs need home after surviving fire in Miami-Dade

MIAMI – While Miami-Dade firefighters fought the flames that were destroying a house, Miami firefighters helped to take care of a pair of dogs. Now Miami-Dade Animal Services personnel is looking for someone to adopt them.

The fire left the American Bulldogs’ family homeless, so they weren’t able to care for them anymore. Savannah Alcerro, the animal services’ kennel manager in Doral, said the dogs, named Petty, a female, and Shotta, a male, were “clearly loved” pets.

“They were super lucky to come out of that fire almost unscathed,” Alcerro said. “It’s really incredible: The emotional resilience they are showing despite the trauma they have been through. They’re still so incredibly loving and we’re so happy to have them here.”

Alcerro said animal services treated the dogs’ ear infections and fleas. Petty has been limping a bit, so Alcerro said they will have to perform some X-rays to see what’s going on.

“These guys are super sweet, as you can see they want to be around me all of the time, she’s currently sitting in my lap and I’m not holding her,” Alcerro said.

The Pet Adoption and Protection Center, at 3599 NW 79 Ave., in Doral is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

“They love their people, they don’t necessarily love other dogs,” Alcerro said. “They love each other, so their ideal family would be a place they could go together as a bonded pair and probably no other animals.”

For more information about how to adopt Petty and Shotta, send an email to adoptmiamipets@miamidade.gov, call 305-468-5900, or visit this page.


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Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.