Humane Society Cares for Massive Influx of Abused Animals

Following the seizure of abused animals from a home in Creighton, the Humane Society of the Black Hills has its hands full caring for its newest guests.

By Brooklyn DeVries

This week the Humane Society of the Black Hills received with open arms 75 new animals, all apparently neglected and rescued from a home near Creighton, South Dakota. While criminal charges await the animals’ former owner, what will happen with all of these animals after they come through the Humane Society’s doors?

“The staff and volunteers pulled together quickly,” said Tonya Sabin, the point of care coordinator for the Humane Society. “We have an emergency vet and some staff examining every single animal. After all the paperwork and inspections are done we will start grooming.”

Many of the new animals at the Humane Society are emaciated. The shelter is feeding them several small meals a day, which, Sabin explained,  is how you have to feed emaciated animals,  or else their stomach might  overturn, which causes the animal to bloat and die. The animals that have medical issues will be turned over to the Society’s vet and treated for their injuries.

While the Humane Society has procedures to handle the influx, they still need help. “People can assist or help us by donating money,” Sabin said. “We are low on resources due to the fact we have a full house. Our employees are getting extra hours and there’s also the medical bills for the vet care. We need medication for many of these animals considering the shape they were brought to us in.”

Some money that is donated will be used for buying jackets for the animals. “Most of these animals don’t have any meat on their bones and their hair will be very short.” Sabin said that they will use the money to buy food as well. She said they go through two bags a day for the emaciated animals and that’s not even mentioning the animals they already have at the Humane Society. They will also be purchasing comfortable things for the animals in order to give them a healthy environment, like blankets, sheets, and a bed, because these things are important for a recovery.

As students, if you are over 16 and would like to help, you can contact the Humane Society (see their website). You can play with the animals, walk them, and give them the love they were neglected.


Photo courtesy of Humane Society of the Black Hills

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