Humane Society of the Black Hills asking for help

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Rapid City, SD

The Humane Society of the Black Hills needs your help caring for 75 malnourished animals rescued from a Creighton, South Dakota home.

Dogs, cats, rabbits and a bird – It’s the biggest seizure the humane society has been a part of in years. Now the focus is on getting these animals back in good health.

Acting on a tip about neglected animals, Pennington County Sheriff’s deputies went to the home Monday morning where 45 dogs, 15 rabbits, 14 cats, and a pheasant were all rescued.

“They were all taken from the same residence; it wasn’t a multiple residence situation. It was a puppy mill environment, and so just basically breeding purposes, unfortunately,” Janek said.

The dogs range in breeds from Golden Doodles, Golden Retrievers, to Australian Shepards. Kaitlyn Janek with the Humane Society of the Black Hills says none of the pets are ready at this time for adoption or foster home.  

“Right now it’s mainly focusing on making sure that they’re getting the food and the nutrients that they need. A lot of them came in severely malnourished and emaciated and so that is something that is our main focus right now is to make sure that they will be healthy,” Janek said.

Within 24-hours of the first call for donations, community members and businesses have responded in force.

“We are incredibly grateful for everything that has been donated so far. It’s one of those things where you just kind of put it out there and hope for the best and you don’t really expect to get this much of a response for it,” Jankek said.

Despite the donations that already came in, the humane society still needs everything from pet food to bedding and monetary donations to help fund the medical care these animals will need.

Deer Mountain Ski Resort in Lead is offering 10-percent of its sales on Christmas day as a donation to the humane society. Plus, any pet adopted from Rapid City, Lead, or Spearfish between now and Christmas will get a free day ski or tubing pass. If you are not in Rapid City, they also accept donations by mail.

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