30+ neglected animals rescued from abandoned Alcester home

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21 dogs, six horses and a half dozen other animals were rescued from a Southeast South Dakota home Thursday evening. 

The animals are in poor health and were taken to Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue.

They were discovered at an abandoned home in Alcester, South Dakota, that’s in Northern Union County.

Two animal rescue groups – Friends of the Animal Shelter and Noah’s Hope – came in to assist the Union County Sheriff. They brought in 21 dogs, six horses, cats, chickens, a raccoon and rabbits.

The dogs have flees and terrible matting of their fur. All the animals were in filthy conditions and weren’t being cared for.

Brenda Iwen, Noah’s Hope Animal Rescue says, “There was a dilapidated house, um, six horses, there were carcasses, a dead horse, um, it was a horrible, horrible situation. Most of them were in kennels, no water. It was a bad situation.” 

The animals are being cared for right now at Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue, but they’re immediately looking for temporary homes for the pets. They’re getting cleaned up and getting medical care in the meantime.


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