Humane Society of the Black Hills holds "Pup-date" on seized animals

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA-TV) - The Humane Society of the Black Hills welcomed friends and family of the HSBH to a "Pup-date" on the seized animals.

The case against puppy-mill owner Janelle Gibson has been settled, and all puppies have been adopted. Eleven adult dogs await homes at the Humane Society of the Black Hills, and some have been sent to a rescue in Colorado for their heart murmurs. Many rabbits and a few cats remain as well.

Animal Control officers say that puppy mills are relatively common in South Dakota. Buyers should be aware of their breeders when purchasing domesticated animals.

"You want to make sure you have a reputable breeder, which is one that lets you on-site, one that will allow you to see the parents and the puppies," said HSBH Executive Director Jacque Harvey. "Don't buy online, you want to be in person and make sure it is a reputable breeder."

Veterinarian Melissa Mez spoke at Thursday night's pup-date as well. She thanked everyone for their donations, support and time spent nursing the animals back to health.

Mez also showed off Precious, the poster dog of the Creighton seizure