Gisela Tacao, 40, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with 52 counts of animal cruelty after authorities found more than 50 dogs and cats living in egregious conditions at a warehouse location on the 200 block of West 24th Street reported Miami's cbslocal.com.
Bond has been set at $5,000 per animal cruelty count. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle stated:
“This case is a perfect example of the old adage that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. These animals were living in the worst of circumstances, sadly waiting to be rescued from their supposed rescuer. Such neglect is not a mistake, it is a crime.”
Tacao runs a private rescue called Gigi's, and authorities believe she was getting the animals from the high kill shelter of Miami-Dade. Tacao was not an approved rescue for the county wide shelter, and therefore was not permitted to pull any rescue pets, but it is believed private groups pulled the animals and delivered them to Tacao's care.
A website shows numerous dogs running free labeled Gisela Tacao Rescue. Recent photos show and describe rescue stories including one dog using a wheelchair.
In September 2012, Tacao became overwhelmed with pets and turned over 50 dogs to the TriCounty Humane Society in Boca Raton. At the time, the dogs were made available for adoption.
And again, Tacao seems to be overwhelmed with taking in too many dogs and cats. Authorities report animals were everywhere and the stench of feces and urine permeated the building.
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