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Dakota Animal Rescue Prevents Dog Euthanization In Yankton

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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012 12:00 am


When Cammie was brought to Yankton’s Dakota Animal Rescue in February, she was on her last leg.

The 6-year-old long-haired miniature Dachshund had four pyramid-shaped kidney stones, and she was urinating blood.

Dakota Animal Rescue managed to get her a $1,000 surgery to remove the stones.

“She was our first big rescue,” said Barb Steinberg, the co-founder of the volunteer organization. “I really feel that, if we hadn’t saved her, she wouldn’t be here today.”

During an interview with Steinberg this week, Cammie sat patiently in her lap, as another rescue dog, the aptly-named Taz, ran around the room playing with a toy.

“Cammie goes home with me every night. She sleeps in my bed. She loves to crawl under the covers and keep me warm,” she said. “She will stay with me until she is better or we find somebody who is willing to take care of her.”

Cammie and Taz are only a small portion of the 31 dogs the rescue has saved since officially forming in January.

Lisa Brasel, who is also the Yankton animal control officer, is the other co-founder of Dakota Animal Rescue. She and Steinberg, a dog groomer, knew first-hand the need for an animal rescue in the area and decided to do something about it.

Brasel said she takes pride in the fact that no dogs from the city pound have been euthanized since Dakota Animal Rescue was formed in January.

“It’s nice to see the animals find a home rather than be euthanized,” she stated.

The rescue currently has 12 dogs and one cat it is trying to place. Those animals will be on display during the animal fair being held in Riverside Park from 10:30-2 p.m. Saturday.

The two women said they have been surprised by some of the dogs they’ve been able to place with families.

“We’ve placed a one-eyed dog,” Steinberg said. “We’ve placed a Chihuahua with two sets of teeth.”

Brasel added, “We placed an older dog that we didn’t think anyone would want. People were lining up for him.”

Dakota Animal Rescue has held meet-and-greets at Yankton’s Tractor Supply Company at least once a month, and has received other assistance from the retailer.

Every bit of help is important for the organization, which takes each of its dogs to the vet for a check-up and necessary medical procedures.

Steinberg said Dakota Animal Rescue could use donations to cover the medical expenses, and it also needs dog walkers and foster homes.

“We’ll provide the food and the vet care,” she said. “We just need someone who, if the dogs need medication, will give them medication and take care of them. Whether you can take in one or two or three, we could use the help. We need people who are willing to take these pets on and work their issues out. These are dogs that people have abandoned, but they’re good dogs.”

To learn more about Dakota Animal Rescue, visit luvissavinganimals.com or call (605) 661-4519, or (605) 661-3121.

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  • kota4334 posted at 5:31 pm on Fri, May 18, 2012.

    kota4334 Posts: 0

    Thanks Barb and Lisa for all you do to get these dogs a home. You are doing the right thing!

  • JohnPaul posted at 6:49 am on Wed, May 16, 2012.

    JohnPaul Posts: 0

    We show our humanity by caring for each other and our animals. Cruelty to animals leads to cruelty against people. Kindness to animals is directly related to kindness to each other.

  • mjibg posted at 3:50 pm on Tue, May 15, 2012.

    mjibg Posts: 0

    You want to know who really does the Lords work, those that save human lives. WHy a human life is not feverishly protected, is beyond me.

  • JohnPaul posted at 9:28 am on Tue, May 15, 2012.

    JohnPaul Posts: 0

    Thank you Yankton’s Dakota Animal Rescue. Thank you Barb Steinberg. Thank you Lisa Brasel. You are doing the Lord's work. No dogs from the city pound have been euthanized since Dakota Animal Rescue was formed in January. That's results!

  • Lisa posted at 4:57 am on Sun, May 13, 2012.

    Lisa Posts: 0

    NathanHow did the humane society do in the animal fair? I was there and talked with several people. Could you do a write up about that?Thank youLisa

  • Lisa posted at 4:53 am on Sun, May 13, 2012.

    Lisa Posts: 0

    They need money for vetting expense? all their vetting is done for free plus its not tax deductable. Your only allowed so many animals in Yankton county so why are they saying foster up to 3? If the dogs are in such "bad" condition and need medication, I would think it would be a lot of work expecially when a person might work 8 to 12 hr shifts..I smell something funny with this group and its not from just this one article. I read this paper all the time and would really like to see more stories on the humane society or someone else. COME ON NATHAN, YOU CAN DO IT : )


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