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July 22, 2011 06:08 AM

Second Chance Rescue Center Closing Its Doors

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A Sioux Falls animal shelter that recently fired its executive director and has faced financial troubles is closing.

Second Chance Rescue Center announced Friday morning it could not overcome challenges it was up against and has decided to close its doors Sunday, July 24.

In May, the organization announced it had fired its founder and executive director Rosey Quinn, but wouldn't say why, and that the shelter was going to head in a new direction. The organization's Board of Directors said that would involve a transition from a rescue center to an adoption center and a name change.

The shelter also was involved in controversy over the past several years, including the large dog raid in 2009 where 172 dogs were taken from Turner County dog breeder Dan Christensen. The charges against Christensen were dropped when a judge decided Quinn acted illegally in obtaining a search warrant.

The shelter still has animals that need homes. Anyone interested in helping are urged to visit the center by Sunday to adopt them.

Continue to monitor KELOLAND News and KELOLAND.com for more on this developing story.
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