Several pets left behind after protesters abandon DAPL camp

(Courtesy: CNN Newsource/KYFR)

BISMARCK, ND (WSY/WTTE) -- Animal advocacy groups are looking for more abandoned dogs after several were left behind by their owners as they vacated a protest camp for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Furry Friends Rockin Rescue has found at least two dogs and six puppies in the days following the mandated departure of the camp. Protesters who stayed beyond last week's deadline were subject to arrest.

Rescuers told KFYR they're having a hard time catching these animals because of the loud, heavy machinery that's being used to clean up the area

The two adult dogs had frost bit ears and patchy fur after being exposed to the North Dakota winter. Others had mange and unclipped claws.

The group is taking care of the eight rescued animals and hopeful to return for rescue efforts every weekend, if they have the volunteers and access.

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