It’s no wonder that after almost a month in the shelter, Kabik has given up hope. His first picture shows a dog eager to meet people. In fact, all the pictures taken right after he was left at the shelter show he still had a light in his eyes. He faced the camera, looking at the photographer, probably hoping for some attention. Now, even when the volunteers call his name and beg him to get up, he lies listlessly on the concrete, not even lifting his head. Watch the video taken by Urgent Dogs of Miami. It will break your heart.
After eight years of loyalty, Kabik was rewarded with being abandoned at Miami-Dade Animal Control to die. According to the volunteers who go to the shelter and network the dogs trying to save their lives, Kabik is a sweet dog. He gets along with other dogs and is very charming. He has been at the shelter too long, according to the many posts on Facebook about him.
One volunteer wrote:
Kabik is so DEPRESSED he won’t even stand when people call him. HE IS HEARTBROKEN! Next step is the euthanasia room.”
While those in charge of the shelter assured me during a phone conversation that dogs who are heartworm positive are treated after they are adopted (by the veterinarian who is a full time employee at the shelter) at no cost to the adopter, for some reason the shelter is not willing to do the same for this dog. An email has been sent asking for an explanation. It wouldn’t hurt to call the shelter at (305) 884-1101 to ask why Kabik is not eligible for that same medical care. It appears the shelter won’t even start him on the antibiotics, which is the pretreatment.
There is more information on his Facebook thread. The Miami-Dade Animal Shelter is located at 7401 NW 74th St, Miami, Florida 33166. The hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm and weekends from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The following was posted as information from the shelter about his medical condition and the shelter’s willingness (or lack thereof) to treat him.
“Due to this medical condition, MDAS will send a prescription for Doxycycline or Minocycline for adopter/rescue to begin treatment (at their own cost). This is not the definitive treatment and this pet MUST be taken to a veterinarian for Heartworm staging and treatment. Staging may require radiographs, blood work and treatment with immiticide. Treatment may be available at MDAS to adopted dogs if the veterinarian considers the dog to be healthy enough to withstand treatment.The veterinarian may consider this pet to be not fit for surgery at this time due to the mentioned conditions. If this is the case, the pet will have to be rescheduled for surgery after the condition has been treated and resolved. MDAS is not responsible for treatment-related complications resulting in hospitalization and/or death. Any cost associated to this is at the expense of the adopter/foster/transport agency. Disclaimer: MDAS does not assess patients with radiographs or bloodwork. If the dog is considered 3A, it is not a candidate for HW treatment at the shelter and it must be taken to a private veterinarian to be treated. The adopter/foster/transport agency will be financially responsible for the HW treatment in this case.”
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