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Case ID: 8756
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

County: Minnehaha

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Freckles, a 3 month old pit bull, was found last week behind the emergency vet clinic in Sioux Falls. Darcy Adams with the Sioux Falls Humane Society says, "Both of the front legs were broken and she was dumped back there." Veterinarians think Freckles fell off a roof, or a deck. She needed pins put in both her front legs. The vet said she'd be lucky to walk again. But just one day after the surgery, she seems to be getting around pretty well.

For workers at the Sioux Falls Humane Society, animal neglect is something they see weekly.
Adams says "I don't ever think you get used to it. You definitely see a lot of pain and suffering animals and a lot of times it is inflicted by humans and its hard to see, it really is." In cases like Freckles, the Humane Society tries to help in any way they can. Adams says, "It is happening. In this case it's really sad. The animal was suffering. Luckily we were able to come in and pay for the surgery and help her out."

But the story doesn't end there. The next step is trying to figure out who is neglecting the animal.
She says, "A lot of times we find that people that abuse and neglect their animals are maybe going to do the same things to humans, a lot of people say oh, its just a dog, but to us, it's a lot more." Inhumane treatment of animals is a crime and while its difficult to enforce, for the Humane Society they're just hoping to get the word out.

If you know of, or ever witness animal abuse, or mistreatment, be sure to call animal control. For the next six to eight weeks Freckles will be resting to heal her legs. After that, she'll go up for adoption.

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