Rescue group catching animals left behind at DAPL protest camps

NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. (KFYR) - Crews continue to clean up the Oceti Sakowin protest camp. As officers moved in and protesters moved out, garbage wasn't the only thing left behind

Two dogs and six puppies were found and rescued at the main Dakota Access Pipeline Camp by Furry Friends Rockin' Rescue.

The rescue group has been working hard to catch all the animals that were left behind at the camp.

"Extremely sad being these guys were left behind. But we offer, Furry Friends offers hope," Tiffany Hardy with the rescue group said. "I mean there's so much hope within Furry Friends as far as these puppies finding homes."

Furry Friends Rockin' Rescue said they plan to go back to the protests camps to catch more animals. They said they're having a hard time because the loud machinery is scaring the animals.

"It's a mess down there, so it's really, really hard to find these animals and get them," Julie Schirado with the rescue group said.

They are planning to go back to the camps every weekend if they have enough volunteers and if they're able to get into the campsite.

"We have a couple cases of mange," Hardy said. "I know we've had some problems with claws that haven't been clipped before."

Some of the animals have frost bitten ears and patchy fur.

"If they stay with us, we help them find their fur-ever home. If somebody has left the dog behind and they're looking for that dog, we hope they'll contact us so we can help them find their dog,"Schirado said.

Furry Friends said their first priority is to keep these dogs warm, fed and to make sure they're healthy.