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Dog Rescue Shelter in Permit Battle

June 24, 2016


Big Dog Ranch Rescue is involved in a legal battle over its ability to operate while construction of its new facility is completed.  The issue arose due to an apparent delay in permitting for the construction of Big Dog Ranch Rescue's new facility.  While the facility is in the final stages of construction, Big Dog Ranch Rescue needed a temporary location to house and treat 50 of their most at-risk dogs.  In order to medically treat the at-risk dogs, Big Dog Ranch Rescue created a temporary facility on the construction grounds using multiple trailers.  The local government of Loxahatchee Groves was not pleased and sought to have Big Dog Ranch Rescue forced from the construction site.  A circuit court judge ordered mediation and an apparent stay on the eviction of Big Dog Ranch Rescue.  The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council seems to be divided.  Some members of the council appear to be sympathetic to the cause and others cling to the permitting restriction.  If Big Dog Ranch Rescue is forced to abandon the makeshift rescue facility while the new facility is completed, 50 at-risk dogs face the possibility they will be euthanized at a shelter.

Further Reading:


  • Matt Morgan,, "Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Loxahatchee Groves Locked in Legal Battle Over Trailers," May 20, 2016,



  • Matt Morgan, MyPalmBeachPost, "Animals in Need Bring Out True Passion, Ire of Public," May 24, 2016,

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