In Freeport, Florida, the Alaqua Animal Refuge took custody of 73 Great Danes from an alleged puppy mill operation after the owners could no longer care for the dogs.
According to the organization’s Facebook page, during the week of October 10th, the owner had fallen ill and abandoned the dogs. Family members reached out to the private sanctuary in northwest Florida for help. Naming the rescue operation ‘Hurricane Dane,’ Alaqua founder, Laurie Hood stated:
“This has been a whirlwind experience, so we had to name it! ‘Hurricane Dane’ made landfall and we are dealing with aftermath! Stay tuned to this link for up to date information and some of our experiences so far.”
For the most part, the pure bred Great Danes were all reported to have arrived healthy and had been cared for and loved. According to WzepNews, Alaqua initially removed a litter of 13 puppies, dogs who needed specialized care and those that were pregnant. Within two days of the news of the dogs arriving at the rescue, there were more than 500 adoption applications. At this time, no more applications for the Great Danes are being accepted, although there are many other dogs at the rescue who are just as deserving of a new home.
The refuge continues to need help with veterinary costs and day to day expenses. The Great Danes are eating over 150 pounds of food a day and will all need to be spayed, neutered, microchipped and vetted for heartworms, rabies, and other necessary vaccinations. Donations can be made by clicking here.
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Photos via Alaqua Animal Refuge Facebook)