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Gwen’s Story

It was a Sunday morning when I received a call from a TV producer that in her neighborhood there was a dog in really bad shape and she was afraid it was going to die, as no one could get near it to rescue it. They were feeding, giving it water and gave this poor pup a blanket to lay on. I grabbed my MDAS rope leash and went over. The Pibble dog was nestled in a compound of bushes and impenetrable trees. After much to do an hour later, give or take, we were able to rescue the dog.  She was in horrible shape. Her ribs showing, scars on her body, nipples hanging, eyes infected and her ears had been cut with the thread still hanging on the lobe. I brought her home and fed her and made her comfortable for the night. She had such a lost look of sadness within her eyes. The next day I promptly took her to Dr. Jimenez at Biscayne Vet Center. Ceci from Miami Day Spa groomed her completely. Then it was Dr. Jimenez turn. We had to register her and there was no name yet? So he took a magazine handed it to me and there was Gwen Stefani on the cover…thus Gwen was born. She was given full medical care and sent on her way while under observation. Franco Sicheri, our dog behaviorists, came into full mode. He took Gwen in for the next 3 months into his care to correct any behavior issues and help her come out of her shell. For this MCABSL put in a fund raiser and donations were put to good use. When she was able to be fostered, one of our Board of Directors, Carolyn, took her in and she shared the home with another Pibble. She passed the test with flying colors. Now it was time for a permanent home. Another one of our Board of Directors, Irene, took her in to “see how it went”….complete foster failure! Gwen is now her official Service Dog and lives with her companion cat, Logan. She is doing well and thriving. Sometimes it takes the “MCABSL Village” to get it done but…we get it done! Thanks to ALL who donate and made this possible! Dahlia.


Lets Be Their Voice

Memorial held in Hollywood for pit bull found stabbed in suitcase

Animal rights activists said the tragedy shines a spotlight on animal abuse. “Ollie has been brought into the light because of media, because of word of mouth, because of the good people on this Earth,” said Dahlia Canes, founder of the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation.

Canes added that pit bulls in particular are often the target of physical abuse. “There are still others — many, many others — and they’re pit bulls,” she said. “They’re the most abused breed on this planet, like Ollie, that have been left to die without anyone knowing about them.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Follow Up On The Channel 10 news coverage of Pit Bull Attack in Miami-Dade County:


As you may well see, this incident reported by Channel 10 news was incorrectly reported. Attached please find the email from Kathy Labrada from MDAS. This was an American Bull Dog. At this time MCABSL is demanding that Channel 10 news run an up date w/ a retraction on this matter as soon as possible. The information given out to the general public by them, demonizes a breed and adds to the bad rap from media hype. This information must be corrected. Please email, call or contact them requesting this retraction. Thank You! Dahlia.

Dahlia Canes

Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation, Founder/Director
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—–Original Message—–
From: Labrada, Kathleen R. (ASD) (ASD)
To: ‘Dahlia Canes’ ; Nuñez, Gilda M. (ASD) (ASD)
Sent: Tue, Nov 28, 2017 8:47 am
Subject: RE: Alleged “Pit Bull” attack.

Good morning,
The November 24th bite incident involving a child was incorrectly attributed to a Pit Bull in the media report. The biter dog was surrendered by the owner for euthanasia and has been submitted for rabies testing. I have attached the incident report in which the responding animal welfare officer correctly identified the biter as a brindle in color male American Bulldog as well as the impound photograph. The dog was not at any time identified by the Department as a Pit Bull.
Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
Kathleen R. Labrada
Chief, Shelter Operations and Enforcement
Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Pet Adoption and Protection Center
3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, Florida 33122
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Miami-Dade County is a public entity subject to Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes concerning public records. Email messages are covered under such laws and thus subject to disclosure.
From: Dahlia Canes
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 7:08 PM
To: Labrada, Kathleen R. (ASD)
Subject: Alleged “Pit Bull” attack.
Hi Ms. Labrada:
I need clarification on a dog attack incident in which folks were injured. You’re team responded to this call in country walk recently. Channel 10’s news coverage labeled it a Pit Bull Attack. Therefore, I would like a verification of the actual breed of this dog involved in this particular incident. Any other information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Dahlia Canes
Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation, Founder/Director
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