Miami-based animal rescue volunteer Michael Sosa said he was “overwhelmed” by the generosity of people who donated money or time to help out his nonprofit, Animal Rescue International.
Sosa’s organization, which raises money to care for animals at shelters, is one of more than 2,000 animal rescue organizations nationwide.
Sousa said he had raised about $7,000 for the group over the past year and a half.
The group has helped raise more than $40,000 and now has a staff of more then 100 volunteers and more than 500 volunteers who volunteer with other rescues, he said.
“I would never say we don’t get donations, but there is so much money and time that we get,” he said of the organization.
Sosas said he and his wife, Kelli, had hoped to raise $10,000 or more by the end of June.
The fundraising effort came as Miami-Dade County Police arrested four people on charges of animal cruelty in connection with a March incident in which a woman was injured by a pit bull that had been chained to a house.
The incident left her with two broken arms, a broken hip and broken ribs.
The dog’s owner, who has not been identified, was arrested on March 10 and later charged with cruelty to animals and hindering apprehension.
Sons and daughters of Miami Dolphins players, who also were involved in the incident, have not been charged in the case.
The arrests came less than a week after Miami-dade police announced the arrest of two people on animal cruelty charges in connection to a March 6 incident at a dog shelter.
That incident resulted in the dogs being euthanized, but Sosa told ABC News he believes that the animal shelter owners are to blame for the dog’s injuries.
Suns and Dolphins players were among those involved in a March 5 incident at the Animal Sanctuary on South Florida’s North Shore.
The Miami Herald reported that Dolphins defensive lineman Cameron Wake, who is a former player with the Miami Dolphins, was charged with battery for allegedly kicking in the door of the shelter’s shelter after a dog named Coco was not getting enough food.
Wake was charged last month with misdemeanor animal cruelty.
The charges against Wake stem from a March 11 incident at Animal Sanctuary.
The police department in Miami released a statement saying it “took swift action after learning of the serious allegations and the damage Coco was causing to the animal sanctuary and its residents.”
The police department did not specify the type of injuries sustained by Coco.