Allegations of Animal Abuse in Rundown House on Ritzy Hibiscus Island

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Michael E. Miller
79 North Hibiscus Drive
On paper, Have a Heart Dog and Cat Rescue sounds like an animal lover's ideal. Its address on exclusive Hibiscus Island conjures scenes of puppies playing and kittens canoodling in luxury. Several nearby mansions are worth eight figures.

But nothing about 79 North Hibiscus Dr. is as it seems. Nowadays, the $2 million property looks more like a haunted house than an animal rescue. It sounds like one too, with neighbors twice complaining of hearing painful howls piercing the night. Now Miami-Dade County Animal Services is investigating allegations of animal abuse within the mysterious property's moldering walls.

"These dogs are in imminent danger," one neighbor wrote in an anonymous email sent to New Times.

Spiderwebs smack visitors in the face. A "Bad Dog" sign hangs on the front door. The ceilings are caving in. Everything reeks of mold, urine, and feces. Dirty windows reveal expensive marble, an ancient piano, rotting furniture, and mounds of excrement.

And then there are the dogs. The same neighbor also sent New Times photos of what appear to be mangy, sore-ridden dogs amongst the filth.

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"[They] are never taken outside for relief, forced to defecate in the same room where they sleep and eat," the neighbor wrote. "This man should be arrested for animal cruelty."

That man would be Terrence Rosenberg, Have a Heart's founder.

"I'm not interested in talking to you about it," he told New Times when asked about the complaints. Then he hung up.


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macawluver
macawluver

It's no coincidence that the cruelty of hoarding has increased dramatically with the advent of Nathan Winograd's No Kill Equation movement. The No Kill shelters love to give away pets for free or a BOGO sale as if we are selling shoes instead of trying to find a good home for a pet. Before NKE, rescues made up about 5% of hoarding cases, two years ago a study showed that now 25% of the cruel hoarding cases are from No Kill rescues. No Kill appeals to those of less than a sane mind, thus hoarding instead of rescuing. Google Spindletop, great case of No Kill hoarding.

Ihateanimalabusers
Ihateanimalabusers

I am in total disgust that this creep continues to have dogs on his property.  This is a disgrace!  Terry Rosenberg is a disbarred attorney! Google his name!   This disgusting looking individual should be locked up.  How can someone like this have dogs?  BE AWARE DOG LOVERS~~He has others that fit into this category-  pieces of crap!   Google Diana Peters~ Death Row Dog Rescue his little sidekick.  Here is another one to look out for.  Terri Stovall Cloud--Cocker Rescue.  She allowed this piece of garbage to dump dogs in a duplex in Ft. Lauderdale.  A police report was filed, he refused to let the Officer see the dogs.  By the time that animal control went into the duplex, all but 3 dogs remained.  Most likely the rest of the dogs were brought down to this dump!   So sad for these animals!  Let's hope that this Terry Rosenberg rots in hell!    

nangwynn
nangwynn

THESE PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO HAVE ANIMALS EVERY AGAIN. I DONT CARE HOW GREAT HE ONCE WAS OR ABOUT HIS MENTAL STATE. HE IS AN ANIMAL ABUSER, PERIOD!!!!

nangwynn
nangwynn

THIS IS DISGUSTING. THESE PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO HAVE ANIMALS EVERY AGAIN. I DONT CARE HOW CARING HE ONCE WAS OR ABOUT HIS MENTAL STATE. THIS IS ANIMAL ABUSE, PERIOD!

scambuster
scambuster

THIS IS A SHAME!! ALSO LET IT BE KNOWN THAT THIS PERSON TERRY IS INVOLVED WITH KNOWN SCAM ARTIST DIANA PETERS OF DEATH ROW DOG RESCUE. THEY HELP EACH OTHER GETTING DOGS AND SELLING THEM. DIANA PETERS POSTS ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE CALLED DEATH ROW DOG RESCUE HOW SHE HAS SAVED DOGS FROM MDAS AND ASKS PEOPLE FOR MONEY TO HELP THE DOGS  BUT SHE DOESNT HAVE THE DOGS SHE USES THE MONEY TO PAY HER BILLS AND SUCH!!!  ITS A LONG RUNNING SCAM OF DIANA PETERS AND THIS GUY TERRY. DIANA PETERS ISNT ALLOWED TO PULL DOGS FROM MDAS SO SHE SCOURS CRAIGSLIST FOR FREE DOGS THAN SELLS THEM UNVETTED AND SICK. THIS GUY TERRY ENABLES HER AND DOGS DIE!!

Lauren Castillo
Lauren Castillo

This is obviously someone who is troubled and needs help...

Rachel Penabella
Rachel Penabella

Those animals shouldn't be there one more day. Animal services should be allowed to go in like gang busters and extract them, especially after knowing that this guy has such a deplorable record. Get them out, and then run the investigation.

trishthedish
trishthedish

@Lauren Castillo I agree, that was my first thought!

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