Donte's Den will give home to pets that lose their owners

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MANATEE COUNTY - Suncoast dog owners have long worried what will happen to their pets when the owner dies or becomes disabled.

That was a big concern for Marsha Panuce and her late husband, Don. That's why Marsha is building a state of the art community for dogs. It's called Donte's Den, and it will house some 100 dogs, after their owners become disabled or die.

The dogs will be able to spend the rest of their lives there, in their own 8 by 10 den, with their own little porch, garden and a group swimming pool. There will also be a state of the art veterinarian Hospital. Donte's Den will also care for the dogs of Military Personnel while they are deployed.

Ground breaking will take place on the 50 acre former horse farm in Myakka City in January. A fund raiser will be held Saturday at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.