Allegations of Animal Abuse in Rundown House on Ritzy Hibiscus Island
|Michael E. Miller|
|79 North Hibiscus Drive|
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.
|provided to New Times|
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.