Second Chance Rescue Center is now caring for the nearly 200 dogs and puppies taken from a breeder near Hurley last week on its own. An investigation found the animals were living in unsanitary conditions. So the Humane Society of the United States came in to seize the dogs and took them to a temporary shelter set up at the Turner County Fairgrounds. And now that the national organization's left the efforts are stretching Second Chance employees to the max.
Caring for 172 hunting dogs can take its toll on any animal shelter's workforce. But add that to a daily work load that's expected of them and Second Chance Rescue Center has its hands full.
"It puts a big dent in what we do simply because we have 50 something contracts that we service," Director Rosey Quinn said.
That includes the rest of Turner County and the City of Sioux Falls. And employees are really feeling the pinch in the office.
"It's stretching everyone pretty thin, everyone is kind of doing more than what is expected to do," Quinn said.
Since the shelter is now caring for the dogs, Quinn headed to the Turner County states attorney's office this morning to hand in reports on their condition. And she says veterinarians found problems.
"A lot of it is ear mites, bad eyes, internal parasites, tape worms, round worms. They're all infested with them," Quinn said.
But right now, their main focus is to get these dogs healthy again.
"So that's the big deal right now, getting them all treated and cleaned out a little bit," Quinn said.
And to do that, Second Chance is asking for the public's help.
"Volunteers are huge right now because we need to continue to care for these dogs on a daily basis so volunteer are really a big issue right now," Quinn said.
Even though volunteers are scarce and the work load extreme, the local shelter says its giving these dogs top-notch care.
Charges have not been filed against the breeder but the states attorney's office is reviewing the evidence to determine whether that will happen.
The dogs are not available for adoption.
If you'd like to volunteer, you can stop by the Second Chance office.