NE FL shelter takes in 16 dogs, puppies from Puerto Rico

The COVID-19 pandemic closed the society’s thrift store for two months and shut down all in-person fundraisers.

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — More than a dozen dogs landed in Florida Friday from Puerto Rico and are waiting for their forever home at the Nassau Humane Society.

However, the humane society is in trouble and $150,000 in the red. The COVID-19 pandemic closed the society’s thrift store for two months and shut down all in-person fundraisers. 

“When they come off the plane and you see little guys like this, it is just so exciting,” said Mandy Holden, operations manager at the Nassau Humane Society.

The pups are among 150 the Big Dog Ranch Rescue flew in from a dilapidated in Puerto Rico, which had just five staff members to care for around 800 dogs. 

“They were all really scared being on a cargo plane across the ocean and then coming into an

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