Dozens of tethered dogs rescued before Irma hit

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Dozens of tethered dogs rescued before Irma hit

President Donald Trump once said he got $17 million in a hurricane damage insurance payout for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, but an Associated Press investigation couldn't find much evidence of the supposed damage.

Among those calling on the president to open up his members only club to those in need of shelter was filmmaker and activist Michael Moore, who tweeted about the president doing so as the storm hit the Florida Keys.

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on the Florida peninsula, Palm Beach County has rescued more than 50 animals abandoned by pet owners who evacuated, according to Tampa Bay's WPTV.

"They are left in a yard, in a pen they can not escape from or tethered to trees or poles", Diane Suave, director of Animal Care and Control, told WPTV.

Miami-Dade County ordered a mandatory evacuation in areas including Miami Beach and Sunny Isles beach, where some of Trump's properties are also located.

No specific details on what preparations, if any, are being taken by the Trump properties have been released.

"With gratitude for our first responders, and prayers for those in the storm's path, America stands united - and I mean totally united".

Of those three clubs, the one in Jupiter might be the most vulnerable to a storm surge. "There was a little flooding in some of the basements, too", he told the paper. The building, which has 3-foot-thick walls, has reportedly survived every hurricane since.

Leaving dogs tied up without an owner present is illegal in Palm Beach County.

Others familiar with the storm's effects at Mar-a-Lago, including Trump employees, remember it differently.

During a 2007 deposition for a civil lawsuit that didn't have a whole lot to do with the insurance payment, Trump said he received the $17 million from an insurance policy and that the money went toward fixing up the "landscaping, roofing, walls, painting, leaks, artwork in the - you know, the great tapestries, tiles, Spanish tiles, the beach, the erosion", and added that the estate's "still not what it was".

Hallie Jackson, of NBC News, reported Friday that all three of those Trump golf clubs were already closed.

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