Humane Society of the Black Hills celebrates 50th anniversary

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The Humane Society of the Black Hills is celebrating a major milestone: 50 years of rescuing animals.

On Saturday the Humane Society celebrated their 50th anniversary with a 50 percent off adoption sale.

The shelter started out in a small building in 1968 with a few dogs and no cats.

They now handle more than 5,000 animals a year, focusing more on treatment, care, and education.

They also have an animal control department as well as a "SNIP it" program to help low-income families pay for spays and neuters.

Jacque Harvey, executive director, Humane Society of the Black Hills, says, "If there wasn't anybody to take in, go out and patrol for these animals, take care of the cruelty and neglect cases, we would have animals running rampant in the city and it would not be a pretty picture. It would be a public safety issue. Animals wouldn't be vaccinated against rabies. It would just be a very bad situation."

Harvey says they'd ultimately like to see a decrease in the number of animals they take in, but they're excited for the 50th anniversary and look forward to further serving the animals and people in their community.