The protesters from the Dakota Access Pipeline took a hard stance on protecting the water from pollution but their actions upon leaving say something entirely different.
After leaving Standing Rock and similar locations, protesters left behind tons of garbage that if let alone for too long will start to pollute the waterways. In order to clean it before pollution begins, the state will need to operate thousands of trucks over hundreds of miles.
Republican Governor Doug Burgum told local news station, KFGO, how devastating this
problem could be:
“This is probably the biggest ecological mess on the entire Missouri River system from top to bottom in this country.”
Protesters are also being held responsible for leaving behind several puppies and dogs in the cold. Thanks to the efforts of the Furry Friends Rockin Rescue, two dogs, and six puppies were rescued after being left. Founder Julie Schirado said the dogs were rescued with frostbite, wounded paws, and signs of hypothermia. She continued via MyNDNow.com:
“It’s a mess down there, so it’s really, really hard to find these animals and get them. We don’t know if they have parvo distemper from what they might be eating or feeding if they don’t get fed properly.”
According to Daily Wire, there are more than a dozen dogs without permanent homes that were left at the protest sites and over 20 dogs left total.
One Furry Friends volunteer told another local news outlet how bad the situation looked:
“We have a couple cases of mange, we might have had some, I know we’ve had some problems with claws that haven’t been clipped before . . . Extremely sad being these guys were left behind. But we offer, Furry Friends offers hope. I mean there’s so much hope within Furry Friends as far as these puppies finding homes. If we can offer them luck and offer them a home, we’re going to try and find that for them.”
Furry Friends aren’t the only ones cleaning up the mess left by protesters. A special thanks goes out to the law enforcement, emergency personnel, and locals who went out to help.