Forced out of the Oceti Sakowin campsite, Dakota Pipeline protesters have reportedly left behind not only heaps of garbage, but a large number of dogs and puppies as well.
Furry Friends Rockin Rescue, a dog shelter in Bismarck, has already taken in two dogs and six puppies that were unaccounted for at the protest camp, with around 20 more dogs still stranded.
“Extremely sad being these guys were left behind,” said Furry Friends volunteer Tiffany Hardy. “But we offer, Furry Friends offers hope. I mean there’s so much hope within Furry Friends as far as these puppies finding homes. If we can offer them luck and offer them a home, we’re going to try and find that for them.”
Furry Friends founder Julie Schirado added, “It’s a collaborative effort for everybody. We thank our law enforcement and all the people helping clean the site up.”
Furry Friends has begun to advertise the puppies and dogs taken into their care from the Standing Rock area.
Finding dogs with mange, frostbite, hypothermia, damaged paws and many other health defects, Furry Friends says the effort to locate the remaining dogs has become more difficult because of the heavy levels of trash dumped by demonstrators.
“It’s a mess down there,” Schirado said. “So it’s really, really hard to find these animals and get them.”
Optimistic however, Schirado believes the animals will be properly cared for in the time being.
“If they stay with us, we help them find their fur-ever home. If somebody has left the dog behind and they’re looking for that dog, we hope they’ll contact us so we can help them find their dog.”
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