Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - Community, Businesses Show Support For Rescued AnimalsArea businesses have provided thousands of dollars in donated goods and services to assist St. Lucie County’s Animal Control Division with its efforts to rescue and rehabilitate more than 120 dogs and cats that were housed at the Sanctuary Animal Refuge.
St. Lucie County Animal Control began investigating a complaint of animal neglect and hording at the no-kill facility off of Carlton Road, in western St. Lucie County, on April 18. Since that time, Animal Control has taken custody of the dogs and cats and has begun transferring the animals to rescue and adoption facilities around the state.
Area businesses have donated food and housing for the dozen or so animal rescue workers that have arrived in St. Lucie County to assist with the process of evaluating and rehabilitating these animals.
St. Lucie County’s Public Safety Division Manager Tiffany Bennett and Animal Control Coordinator Karen Taylor would like to thank the following businesses and individuals: Melon Patch Inn; Best Western in Fort Pierce; Holiday Inn Express in Port St. Lucie; Waste Pro; American Port-a-Let; Florida, Power & Light; Everglades Equipment; the St. Lucie County Crime Lab; the Pilot Club of St. Lucie County; St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office; 911 Operations Manager Amy Boger and SLC Sheriff’s Deputy Barry Boger; 911 Shift Supervisor Pat Dike; 911 Operator Trudy Lasenby and retired Fort Pierce Police Officer Les Lasenby; Carter’s Grocery; Cowboy’s Restaurant; Dominic’s Corner Grill; Dale’s Barbeque South; Frank & Al’s Pizza; Goodfellas Pizza and Panera Bread.
Animal rescue workers have arrived from as far away as Georgia to assist with this event, including crews from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Disaster Animal Response Teams; United Animal Nations; the Humane Society of St. Lucie County and the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County.
The Humane Society of St. Lucie County has set up the Help Us Help Hope Fund, which will be used to pay expenses associated with caring for the dogs and cats from the Sanctuary. For more information visit www.hsslc.org.