Last of the pipeline protesters leave behind their frostbitten dogs

Last of the pipeline protesters leave behind their frostbitten dogs
Habitat. (Image: Screen grab of ND Response video, YouTube)

[Ed. – The trash, we knew about.]

Authorities evicted several hundred Dakota Access Pipeline protesters from the Oceti Sakowin camp, where they had been living. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which opposes the pipeline project, also asked the activists to leave, feeling they would be in a better position to negotiate with the Army Corps of Engineers without an ongoing demonstration.

The protesters packed up their belongings to go but left more than trash; they also left several dogs and puppies at the camp, local NBC affiliate KFYR reported over the weekend.

The group Furry Friends Rockin Rescue, a local animal rescue Bismark, North Dakota, found and rescued two abandoned dogs and six puppies at the camp site.

More than a dozen abandoned dogs at the protest site do not have permanent homes and an estimated 20 dogs are left at the site, according to

Furry Friends is still working hard to locate these dogs and place them in good homes. …

She noted that some of the dogs have frost bite, wounded paws, signs of hypothermia, and other potential ailments. …

“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,” Hardy added.

One problem is that the protesters left the camp behind so full of garbage that it is difficult to locate the dogs.

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