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More than 80 cats and dogs removed from St.Lucie County dog rescue

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Gracie, a long-haired dachshund, was the first dog to go to her new home on Sunday after the week long rescue effort of a St. Lucie County dog and cat rescue where 80 cats and dogs were removed from inhumane conditions. The cats and dogs were discovered in a metal warehouse forced to live in the stifling heat of the South Florida summer. On the Facebook page of H.A.L.O Animal No-Kill Rescue Shelter in Sebastian where many of the pets were taken, the pooch's new family shared the following good news:

"..Just wanted to tell you that Gracie is doing great. She is the sweetest little girl. She gets along beautifully with my other doxies. You would think she lived here always. Last night was her first night here. I brought in a dog bed for her to lay in. But she had other ideas. She came right up on the bed and curled up into my back. Stayed there all night. She is completely house trained."

All Pet Rescue, located in a metal warehouse with no air conditioning in the 115 degree stifling heat of the South Florida sun, has been emptied of the 80 dogs and cats forced to live in the terrible conditions reported tcpalm.com. Located on the 12400 block of Okeechobee, the Indian River County Chapter of the SPCA and H.A.L.O Rescue, worked with authorities to remove all of the pets living in substandard conditions with their only drinking water reported to have been "green algae." The dogs lived in small cages, were rarely freed from their shelters and barked constantly.

The president and founder of the shelter, Rosa Harding, in operation since 2001, was arrested on Friday and faces multiple charges of animal cruelty and failure to keep animals safe. The website for the rescue has been suspended.

Authorities say Harding wasn't being malicious; just as in so many cases she became overwhelmed. The 20 cats rescued are currently being quarantined to determine if they are healthy. Most of the dogs are dachshunds, Pomeranian and Shih Tzus are available for adoption through H.A.L.O.

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Welcome home Gracie.

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