Dog Nabbed After Life On Yankton’s Streets

Since her rescue, Miley curls up on a heated blanket rather than the cold streets of Yankton.

Since her rescue, Miley curls up on a heated blanket rather than the cold streets of Yankton.

Miley has racked up a lot of miles during her life on the run from authorities.
But those days now look to be behind her.
According to Yankton Animal Control Officer Lisa Brasel, Miley has probably been living on the streets of Yankton for about a year. She is believed to be 1 1/2 years old.
“Miley started out on the north end of Yankton in the airport area, coming in and out of town,” Brasel said. “Then she started moving into town and stayed along East 16th, 17th and 18th streets.”
Some people in the area she dwelled devised a make-shift catch-pen and were able to capture Miley at the beginning of March. Subsequently, they called the police department.
It wasn’t the first time the dog had been nabbed by authorities.
Brasel said she had captured Miley on two previous occasions.
“She is part Spider-Man,” Brasel stated. “She would climb over the fence at the pound.”
This time, Brasel was prepared. She made arrangements to have Miley housed at the Animal Health Clinic, where escape would be more difficult.
While there, she was spayed and given her shots.
Dakota Animal Rescue, a non-profit organization co-founded by Brasel, has now taken Miley into its care thanks to the assistance of supporters who made donations for her needs.
The healthy Australian shepherd with some spaniel in her spent the weekend at Brasel’s house and is showing signs of improvement after a life on the wild streets of Yankton.
“She is very cute,” Brasel said. “Right now, she is really scared and has tried to escape my house, but she hasn’t tried to bite anybody.”
Miley has a history of being very resourceful, demonstrating the attributes of her breed.
Along East 18th Street, she had a litter of puppies, which were caught by Brasel.
However, two of those puppies were kept by residents in the neighborhood.
“Miley was going out and stealing dog toys to bring back to the puppies,” Brasel recounted. “There was one report that she was carrying a skunk, and that got me kind of nervous. Then, this toy skunk turned up at the house where the puppies were living. That was a relief. You’ve got to admit, that’s pretty sweet behavior.”
Miley had many caretakers along the streets she roamed, and they’ve been calling Brasel about the dog’s fate.
Although Miley is adjusting to a domesticated life she may never have known, Brasel thinks her future looks bright.
“I don’t think Miley is a lost cause,” she said. “I think she will be adoptable.”
For anyone wanting to contribute toward Miley’s care, they can send donations to Dakota Animal Rescue, PO Box 240, Yankton, SD 57078.

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