Sioux Empire Pit Rescue


This is Barchiel, named after the Angel of Compassion. He was found sleeping on an old, dirty, flea-infested mattress between two very busy interstates in southern Texas. A guardian angel stopped to entice him into her car and get him to safety. Barchiel was unsure if this newfound friend meant help or harm and so it did take animal control several days to catch him. His guardian angel than had a much harder task of finding a rescue to save this handsome man. Southern Texas pit bulls are a dime a dozen and the majority never make it out of the shelter. The rest is history – what a long shot asking a South Dakota rescue to accept a pit bull from the Texas/Mexico border. One look at Barchiel’s pictures and videos and the SEPR crew knew there was something immensely special about him and he deserved his second chance!


Barchiel had a LONG ride to get to SEPR! He made the journey which took three days by car and loved each transporter along the way that aided him on his journey. Possibly his way of saying, “thank you” for helping him to safety. Upon arriving to SEPR, Barchiel was in rough shape: heartworm positive, with a dislocated hip (an old injury that has healed—probably was hit by a car at some point), a large cyst on his front paw, and of course covered in fleas and ticks. None of this seems to upset him, though; new day, new life, he is ready for his forever home! Some of Barchiel’s new best friends are his vets. He has completed his treatment for his heartworm and his FHO hip surgery. Barchiel is now heart worm negative and working on strengthening his new hip. Barchiel’s fleas and ticks are gone and with a little rest and pampering he looks like a whole new man!


Something special is the least we can say about this boy. His is a clown, life of the party, couch potato, and socialite all wrapped up into one dog. Barchiel has settled right into being a great indoor family boy. He is both house trained (except for a few minor accidents) and crate trained. Upon arriving home and letting Barchiel out from his crate he will run around and “march” like the stiff legged soldiers in London! Between his ears and his crazy happy dance you cannot help but laugh over this goofball.

Barchiel is fostered with canine friends, and with a nice slow introductions does great with them. He would do fine a home with either a nice submissive female or could fly fine as a soloist as well. Barchiel pays little attention to the cats in his foster home.

Barchiel loves stuffed animals, and can entertain himself by chewing on his favorite roast bones for hours. He loves his special doggie pillow that sits in front of the living room window so he can watch the world go by. He also enjoys lounging in the grass out back and hoping warmer days are around the corner to enjoy more outside time. He is a very smart dog and already knows a couple of basic commands – sit, come, wait, go to bed, etc.


This handsome man has been through so much in his short life and SEPR is committed to ensuring he will find his forever family shortly. With his deep brown eyes that paint a picture all of themselves you cannot help but fall in love with this funny bunny. Huge on personality and even bigger on looks – SEPR loves this kid and we know your family will too!

Barchiel is a red and white 5 year old male, neutered, weighing 56 pounds. He is good with dogs and cats. Contact Sioux Empire Pit Rescue if you are interested in adopting Barchiel.

{Photos by Elisha Page}

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Sioux Empire Pit Rescue
PO Box 2321
Sioux Falls, SD 57101


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