Cuban Pet Owner and Dog Risk Lives At Sea for American Dream

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A group of 12 Cubans migrants and a dog arrived on Miami Beach on September 15, 2015, after spending 6 days at sea. For them, the 329 mile long journey was well worth risking their lives. All of it, for a better future not only for themselves but the dog as well.

A child point to Chiquitica after arriving on Miami Beach.
A child point to Chiquitica after arriving on Miami Beach.

Eleven males, a woman and a mix breed female dog, hopped onto a boat made of steel drums, a tree branch and plastic. For four days the hopeful Cubans navigated the sea with a motorized boat, but during the last two days, the engine gave out, and the travelers were left to the mercy of the wind and whatever they could use to paddle to America.

When the migrants arrived on the beach, they were relieved to have reached their destination. The pet, named Chiquitica, seemed scared but was in overall good health.

Within minutes of arriving the migrants were welcomed by Americans, they were then greeted by U.S. Border Patrol officers and are now in their custody. All migrants, including the dog, are expected to stay in South Florida.

23 thoughts on “Cuban Pet Owner and Dog Risk Lives At Sea for American Dream”

  1. If the laws are followed this dog will need to be quarantined for 30 days.

    “Dogs and cats coming from areas not free of rabies must be accompanied by a valid rabies vaccination certificate. If a vaccination has not been performed, or if the certificate is not valid, the animal may be admitted if it is confined immediately upon arrival at a place of the owner’s choosing. The dog must be vaccinated within four days after arrival at the final destination, but no more than 10 days after arrival at the port of entry. The animal must remain in confinement for at least 30 days after being vaccinated.”

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