FORT MYERS — Gulf Coast Humane Society rescued 64 dogs Tuesday afternoon from a hoarding case in Clewiston in Hendry County. The Humane Society was part of a multi-agency initiative that took about 250 animals, according to a news release from Gulf Coast Humane Society.
All 64 dogs in the care of the Humane Society are undergoing medical evaluations, and will be available for adoption or foster care within the next few days, pending up-to-date vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries.
Among the 64 animals are a variety of purebreds and mixed breeds, including Dachshunds, Shih Tzus, pugs, Chihuahuas, golden retrievers, boxers, miniature poodles, and more.
Gulf Coast Humane Society is putting out an urgent plea for volunteers and fosters to assist in the short-term care of these animals until they are ready for adoption.
Earlier this year in Collier County in July, 48 dogs were surrendered by a local Golden Gate Estates breeder, Arthur Perkins. Since then 14 puppies have died, and one adult golden retriever remains missing. The golden, Willie, is presumed dead. Willie was adopted to a woman who was flagged at the Collier County Domestic Animal Services as someone to whom not to adopt.
Animal advocacy groups all around the Naples and Port Charlotte area have been banding together desperately trying to understand why Perkins, with documented violations with Collier County Domestic Animal Services, was allowed to continue to breed and sell goldens and Labrador retrievers.
Some puppies remain at the Naples Humane Society, but are quickly finding new homes.
The Gulf Coast Humane Society's main adoption center is located at 2010 Arcadia St. in Fort Myers. It also has four off-site adoption locations at Pet Supermarkets in Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Naples. For more information, call (239) 332-0364 or visit www.gulfcoasthumanesociety.org.