HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP SAVE THESE DOGS:
We need a veterinarian licensed in the state of South Dakota to help issue health certificates and give vaccinations.
We need your help in order to help these dogs. Denkai is working to raise a total of $5,050 for this project.
This funding is needed by October 24th, 2014.
Funding will go toward transport, veterinary care and health
certificates to get these dogs off of the reservation and to safety at
Denkai and three to four other rescue groups in Colorado, Illinois, and
Denkai plans to send our transport van to PineRidge to pick up between 20-30 dogs in need, puppies and adults. These dogs would arrive in Colorado on Sunday October 26, 2014.
Mail: 36710 WCR 126 Grover, CO 80729
Drop off a contribution:
215 First Street
Eaton, CO 80615
(photo courtesy of Lakota Animal Care)
From Lakota Animal Care:
About a year ago, Lakota Animal Care
signed a legal agreement with the Tribal Housing Authority which put an
end to this horrific practice that had been going on for decades in
which on average 600 dogs a year were rounded up, thrown into horse
trailers and taken to the dump where they were shot. Now, according to
this message from the Tribal Department of Public Safety, the dog round
ups which so many Tribal members are against, are about to resume.
Although there are indeed some packs of dogs that need to be removed
because of attacks on people, the vast majority of dogs that were
rounded up in the past were not vicious, were not attacking people, and
their only “crime” was to not be chained (which only turns nice dogs
into vicious dogs) or not be in a fenced yard (which few people can
afford). Many of the dogs that were killed, like for example,
Margaret, Dee Dee, Tenessee, Sapa (just to name a few of the hundreds
killed) were family dogs up to date on vaccinations and fixed. These
dogs do not deserve to die and certainly not in this horrible way.
Lakota Animal Care would like to help stop this horrific practice from
being started up again as it is not only a horrible death for a sunka,
but also only teaches violence to our children and others who witness
the round up knowing full well the destiny that awaits the dogs crying
for help in the trailers while families look on horrified but unable to
help. There is a better way.
Lakota Animal Care needs to resume and
dramatically increase our relocation program in which dogs are
relocated to no-kill shelters in Colorado, Wyoming and other parts of
South Dakota where 100% of them find new homes. We also need to
dramatically increase the number of spay/neuters we do. Over the past 3
years, Lakota Animal Care has helped families with free spay/neuters
for more than 1000 dogs but we need to do much more.
Dogs who attack
people must be removed but we request the Department of Public Safety
& Tribal Housing to: 1) specifically identify the problem dogs
instead of taking a blanket approach to kill all dogs they can catch,
most of whom are perfectly innocent and not a threat to people at all,
2) hire a licensed veterinarian to dart the problem dogs and remove them
from the population in a targeted fashion, 3) work with Lakota Animal
Care to help enable us to relocate off the reservation to no-kill
shelters the dogs that need new homes instead of killing them.
is no justification for a general dog round up. There are much better
solutions to reducing the dog population and doing this in a humane way.
Dog round ups are an ugly part of our past. Let’s keep that in the
past and move forward with a more humane future.
Lakota Animal Care
will be contacting Tribal Housing to try to work out a humane solution
but without a great deal more funding and other support, we will not be
able to provide a viable alternative.