Humane Society accepting adoption applications after Creighton seizure

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On April 17, the Humane Society of the Black Hills began accepting adoption applications for adult dogs from the Creighton seizure.

Click the post below to see pictures and more information on the dogs.

RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Humane Society of the Black Hills has been granted ownership of more than 100 animals involved in an animal seizure in December 2016.

Deputies with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office rescued 75 animals from the home of 46-year-old Janell Gibson in Creighton. Included in the rescue were 45 dogs, 15 rabbits, 14 cats, and one bird. Many of the animals were in poor condition and some were pregnant. The animals were sent to be in the care of the Humane Society, pushing the facility to its limits in terms of space and food. 


As of March 30, the Humane Society was granted ownership of 138 animals involved in the seizure. In a release sent out Thursday, the Humane Society's resource development director shared the facility's thoughts on the matter.

"We are extremely excited with this news and know the public will be as well," Kaitlyn Janak said. "The animals involved in the seizure will not be made immediately available for adoption. In the upcoming weeks we will be working with local veterinarians to spay and neuter the adult dogs and cats and performing final health checks. Once these activities are complete, the animals will be made available for adoption."

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Potential owners will need to fill out a special placement application and send in a $20 application fee to help recoup the costs of care for the animals. After an application has been approved, the adoption will be performed by appointment only.

"We ask the public to please keep in mind that many of these animals have special needs and will not be appropriate for a normal adoptive setting," Janak said.

The Humane Society is reaching out to area veterinarians to help with spaying and neutering. They also encourage donations.

"On top of monetary donations - blankets, food, toys, pretty much everything we're going to be accepting," Janak said.

Veterinarians and those interested in donating should contact Kaitlyn Janak at 605-341-3217 or Jacque Harvey at 605-341-3257. 

Photo Courtesy: Humane Society of the Black Hills

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