ORLANDO, Florida. – A female dog and her seven puppies were rescued from a home in Orlando and are now being cared for at a shelter.
The boxer mix mom and her puppies are safe and sound at Ziggy’s Legacy Rescue in Hernando County, but that wasn’t the case just a few days ago.
A concerned resident contacted Orange County Animal Services after noticing an underweight dog in someone’s yard, according to the agency.
The mother was “emaciated” but her seven newborn babies appeared healthy. All were estimated at around three weeks. An Orlando Police Department officer also assisted in the rescue. The owner denied owning the dogs and no one came forward to claim them.
Rescuers said the boxer was so thin that a small necklace slipped from her neck.
“She’s a great mom. She’s always looking for her puppies and always taking care of them,” said Hannah Griffith, spokeswoman for Orange County Animal Services.
“Unfortunately, we’ve seen a lot of dogs in his condition. It’s not an uncommon thing. Especially when feeding puppies,” Griffith said.
The puppies are still nursing, but now they will be able to do so thanks to their much healthier mother.
In addition to eating regularly, they are also wormed.
The puppies should be ready for adoption in a few weeks.
Rescuers are hoping people will give this mom and her puppies a chance.
“A lot of times they come to us scared, and then they come out of their shell, and that’s the best thing to watch,” Griffith said.
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