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The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office is dedicated to providing accurate information to the public and media. If you are a member of the working media and would like an interview with the State Attorney, or you need information on a case, would like to talk to a specific assistant state attorney or are looking for an expert in a certain area of prosecution, please contact our public information officers Ed Griffith, Terry Chavez or Lissette Valdes-Valle.

ED GRIFFITH Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

LISSETTE VALDES-VALLE Hispanic Media Relations Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

TERRY CHAVEZ Hispanic Media Relations Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

Below you'll find recent news releases issued by this office.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Woman Charged with 53 Counts of Animal Cruelty


“Gigi’s Rescue” Kept Animals in Squalid Warehouse


Miami (April 17, 2014) – A joint investigation undertaken by the Hialeah Police Department and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office has led to the charging of Gisela Tacao with 53 Counts of Animal Cruelty, each count a 3rd degree felony crime.  Ms. Tacao had been operating her pet rescue operation, Gigi’s Rescue from a warehouse located at 269 West 24th Street in Hialeah since December 2010, indirectly receiving many dogs from the Miami-Dade Animal Services after other rescue groups provided the animals to Gigi’s Rescue.  Complaints based on the conditions at this site (specifically dealing with the visible presence of feces and urine throughout the building and the resulting stench that permeated the area) and based on the poor physical condition of the animals housed at the site (numbering anywhere between 100-200 animals), led to the eventual removal of the animals. 53 animals were given a physical examination which resulted in the 53 criminal charges.

Bond has been set at $5,000 per count resulting in a total Bond amount of $265,000.

“This case is a perfect example of the old adage that the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” commented Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.  “These animals were living in the worst of circumstances, sadly waiting to be rescued from their supposed rescuer. Such neglect is not a mistake, it is a crime.”