A litter of puppies and several adult dogs left in a vacated rental home are now safe and sound at Miami-Dade Animal Services.

A total of 26 dogs were saved.

“It’s a little heartbreaking because they came to us as a confiscation,” said Flora Beal of MDAS. “Just a reminder to the public that you can’t sell puppies unless you have a permit from the county.”

A neighbor notified authorities about the dogs left in the vacant home, and after getting permission from the owner of the rental property to enter, they scooped up the dogs.

“These pets were found unattended. Fortunately, we were able to get there in time to get them the help they needed and hopefully get them home for good,” Bill said.

Goldendoodles are popular with breeders who know they can get good money for puppies.

They can sell for $500 to $5,000.

But these will be adopted.

Dogs that were old enough to be adopted quickly found homes.

As soon as the puppies grow up, they will move in with their families.

“Word got around and within a day they were almost all taken over,” Bill added.

Bill said the original owner had three days to return the dogs before they were put up for adoption.

No one has come forward, but the investigation is ongoing.

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