Partnership provides free pet clinic


Dr. Rose Davidson makes an incision as she begins to spay a cat at the free pet clinic held this weekend at the Cultural Center. Photo by Ross DuBray

This past weekend, the Cheyenne River Animal Control Division partnered up with the Brookings Humane Society to provide a free clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday and Sunday. Pet owners stood in line at the H.V. Johnson Cultural Center as early as 6 a.m. for a chance to get their pets seen and treated.

Dr. Rose Davidson with the Brookings Humane Society (BHS), along with Dr. Kate Brakefield and staff, performed 56 procedures in the two days of the clinic.

Procedures ranged from vaccinations, spaying and neutering, tooth extractions, and even one amputation.

“A six month old puppy was run over last week,” said Davidson. “It had a broken humerus and there was no chance to save the leg.”

Dr. Davidson is no stranger to the area. She has traveled to Cheyenne River for the last ten years with the RAV clinics.  Last year, Davidson was awarded a grant that will provide an opportunity for BHS to come to Cheyenne River twice a year. Davidson, along with staff and volunteers from BHS, provided their first free pet clinic in Eagle Butte last November.

Ethel Morgan, Animal Control Director for the CRST Game, Fish, and Parks said the partnership with the Humane Society would give more opportunities for pet owners to receive pet care. “The RAV clinic will still be held in the summer,” said Morgan. “Dr. Davidson and her crew will return again this October.”

With dogs running loose all over, Morgan’s goal is to get control of the pet population. “We want to get a head of all this baby making business,” said Morgan.

Currently, the tribe has a partnership with the Humane Society.  If an animal is picked up, they are kept at the shelter for 72 hours for an opportunity to be claimed.  To avoid euthanizing the animals, they are transported once a week to either Brookings or to the Black Hills Humane Society in Rapid City where they will be put up for adoption.

Pet owners can also turn their dogs in if they don’t want to keep them.  “They have to sign a waiver,” said Morgan.  The waiver gives up the owner’s rights to the dog.

Morgan said that one of the biggest problems they see is that people get a pet when they are young and cute, but will throw them out once they grow up and aren’t fun anymore. “The pets will then start scavenging and become a nuisance,” said Morgan.



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