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Group gets grant to help pet owners during, after disasters

YANKTON (AP) -- An animal welfare group in Yankton has received a private grant to assist pet owners during and after disasters. The New York-based American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Friday announced that Heartland Human...

YANKTON (AP) - An animal welfare group in Yankton has received a private grant to assist pet owners during and after disasters.

The New York-based American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Friday announced that Heartland Humane in Yankton is among the recipients of disaster resiliency grants that are given to organizations in the Midwest every year. Twelve organizations including Heartland Humane will receive a share of nearly $60,000.

The money granted to Yankton nonprofit is meant to be used for additional sheltering supplies to increase intake capacity during a disaster. Heartland typically cares for homeless, abused, neglected and stray animals.

Lacie Davis is the society's disaster response manager. Davis says the grants "will help prepare communities to rescue, shelter and care for their animals when disaster strikes."

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