Rescued Livingston sled dogs recover from animal shelter

LIVINGSTON — On Tuesday, 17 sled dogs were found in Paradise Valley that the Park County Sheriff’s Office determined were neglected and abandoned, tied to six-foot chains and living in barrels.

“They were pretty tough. They had been on their own for a while. They just needed care,” said Sara Shier, animal care supervisor at Stafford Animal Shelter in Livingston.

When Shier and members of the Stafford Animal Shelter were called to the scene by police to help rescue the dogs, they came to some difficult views. One of the Alaskan Huskies was dead and another was in such critical condition that the vet determined the dog should be humanely disposed of, according to the shelter’s Facebook statement. The other 15 dogs were taken to the shelter for care and rehabilitation.

“We had help from our vet partners next door, the Sleeping Giant (animal clinic). We examined every (dog), prescribed medication to everyone who needed it, vaccinated everyone.

What a difference two days made. The dogs are recovering from their medications and baths and are on the way to adoption pending the court resolution of the case.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office said it could not release any further information beyond the animal shelters’ statement because it is an ongoing investigation. But the Park County District Attorney’s Office told MTN News no charges have been filed at this time.

The story of the rescued sled dogs has spread on social media, not just all over Montana, but to every corner of the country with people willing to adopt the dogs.

“It means so much to have community support for these animals,” Shier said. “Just knowing that the community cares about animals and animal welfare and wants to see these guys have a happy life means a lot to us.”

Bette C. Alvarado