“Extremely sad:” Volunteers rescue dogs, puppies seemingly abandoned at DAPL protest camps

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BISMARK, North Dakota — It was a hectic week as law enforcement officials worked to clear the Oceti Sakowin protest camp in North Dakota. As officers moved in, and protesters moved out, garbage wasn’t the only thing abandoned.

Two dogs and six puppies were found and rescued at the main Dakota Access Pipeline camp by Furry Friends Rockin’ Rescue. Those with the rescue have been working hard to catch all of the animals left behind at the camp — and they’re not giving up on these abandoned pets.

“Extremely sad — being these guys were left behind. But we offer, Furry Friends offers hope. I mean, there’s so much hope within Furry Friends as far as these puppies finding homes,” said Tiffany Hardy.

Those with Furry Friends Rockin’ Rescue plan on going back to the protest camps, where they said they’re having a hard time catching these animals because of the loud heavy machinery that’s being used to clean up the area.

“It’s a mess down there, so it’s really, really hard to find these animals and get them,” said Julie Schirado.

They’re planning to go back to the camps every weekend if they have enough volunteers and if they’re able to get in.

“We have a couple cases of mange. We might have had some, I know we’ve had some problems with claws that haven’t been clipped before,” said Hardy.

The two dogs that they’ve saved had symptoms of being out in the weather — with frostbitten ears and patchy fur.

“If they stay with us, we help them find their forever 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,” said Schirado.

Those with Furry Friends said their first priority is keeping the dogs warm and fed, and making sure they’re healthy.


  • Opinion8d

    Funny how the media fails to blame the protesters who feigned concern over the ‘environment’, yet left a dump behind -along with helpless animals. Yet, this is the picture that plays out with every liberal ‘protest’ -just look at Occupy Wall Street. Where are the hard hitting news people to focus on the destruction left behind???!?!! Can you imagine if this were Conservatives doing this…..they would be following this people to their home, place of work, bully their children, etc!!!

    • Charley K

      Where, in God’s name, did you get Liberal, Conservative and Occupy Wall Street?? This has nothing whatsoever to do with any of them. This is strictly an “Indian protest”. You hit the nail on the head with “feigned concern”. When it came to the environment this particular group (historically) was not only **not** with the “Liberals” when they were fighting their own fights they weren’t with anyone, Liberal or Conservative. What a lot of it comes down to is the almighty dollar and how much they can squeeze out of the government and industry to “cross their lands”.

  • proudindian

    You failed to mention that the police raided the water protectors camp a day before they were suppose to giving them no time to collect their animals, things or clean up the camp, Fox.

    • Get a job

      They had days to round up their garbage, dogs and their lazy asses, those filthy pigs should get community service for as long as it takes to clean up the land, Occupy Pigpen, your new cause. They should take you all to Sheriff Arpaio’s jail, you get a tent and maybe he’ll feed you if you don’t sit around and oink all day. Please don’t have kids, for so many reasons!

      • Carla Snowflake (@carlaulbrich)

        hundreds of folks have been arrested and some never released. These could very well be their dogs. I hope they get a chance to find their dogs once they are finally released from jail. A number were arrested simply for being journalists covering the situation. A great deal of injustice all around at Standing Rock.

  • Nora

    Seems like these may be strays/feral animals that were attracted to the protest camp and garbage/handouts but were not necessarily abandoned. If they were actual pets, socialized well with humans, don’t think it would be so difficult to catch them.

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