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Judge rejects Florida pet advocate’s request to search for missing animals before condominium demolition: report


In an emergency hearing, a Florida judge on Sunday evening dismissed a pet advocate’s request to search for missing animals inside the partially collapsed Surfside condominium building before the standing portion of the building be demolished, according to a report.

A missing animal, Coco the Cat, is believed to still be on the fourth floor of the Champlain Towers building – before it was shot down by explosives in a controlled demolition after 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, the Miami Herald reported.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Michael Hanzman’s decision disappointed Stacey Karron, 57, who volunteers to save animals, the newspaper reported.


Karron, who lives in Broward County, had asked to be allowed to enter the still standing portion of the Miami-Dade County building to search for any pets she could find, according to the Herald.

“My goal was just to go out there and try to save some pets if I was allowed to,” Karron said. “I have experience rescuing animals and volunteered to go.”

Karron acknowledged that there would be a risk to entering a structure considered unstable following the partial collapse of June 24 – but she offered to hold no one else responsible if she was injured during the proposed search. , a court record published by Herald reporter David. said Ovalle.

She also agreed not to remove any items from the building and to focus her search only on her missing cat, according to the document.

But Hanzman turned down his request on Sunday night, the Herald reported.

On June 28, four days after the partial collapse, City of Miami firefighters working on the Surfside condo site used a bucket truck to leave food and water on the balcony of the fourth unit. resident’s floor in the hope that Coco would find them, reported the Herald.


Search and rescue teams had paid some attention to the missing pets after strictly searching for people in the first days after the collapse, the newspaper reported.

It was not known at the time how many pets in total could have been missing during the collapse.

As of Sunday evening, 24 people were confirmed dead in the disaster and 121 people are still missing.