In Surfside, Florida, pet owners who survived the Champlain Towers South Condo collapse are desperate to find their animal pets still missing in the rubble. Coco, the cat who belongs to an 89-year-old resident and her daughter who had been rescued from the fourth floor of the building, is still missing even though that part of the building remains standing. According to the fire department, food and water have been left for the cat on the balcony; the conditions are just too unstable to risk a person’s life to undertake a rescue.
According to the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation, it is unknown if Mia the cat in Unit 1006 is still alive. The fire department has not been able reach the balcony as the doors are closed.
“In unit 904. which is the building that fell, there is Daisy a dog and 2 cats in the kitchen area, all in crates. They belong to Angela Gonzalez, (with a broken pelvis) who was able to pull herself and her teenage daughter from the rubble after they plunged 4 floors in the tower that collapsed. Her husband Edgar is still missing. There are some parakeets and a guinea pig missing, yet this is unconfirmed.. However, the kitchen area in the corner unit 904 where the animals were crated, is still standing. No one knows if they are alive or not. They could have fallen just like their owners did. Drones were being sent in but that has not been confirmed.”
Authorities state the chances for survival of these pets are slim since they have most likely been the victims of fires, smoke inhalation, no food, no water and the emotional trauma of the experience and the disaster.
The City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell has created a process to help owners find their pets. Friends of Miami Animals hotline can be reached at 833-366-2642.