Late in the afternoon a call came in that a small, very pregnant Miniature Pinscher mix was abandoned in a town near the shelter. The caller said she was living under a vacant trailer home and looked like a pot bellied pig. She was frightened, starving, freezing cold, and was begging and scavenging for food. The caller thought she had been bred by two Labrador Retrievers. Neighbors tried to rescue her but could not get her out from under the trailer. HUA employees John and Shaun took off immediately to go to her rescue. When they arrived they had to tear off part of the skirting to the home and crawl around on the wet ground dodging electrical cords. Once under the trailer they heard rustling but couldn’t see her. John looked up to find that she crawled into the insulation and was giving birth. She had one dead and one live puppy. John carefully handed the live puppy to Shaun while he worked on getting the mother dog out. Once the boys were in the van with mom and pups they called the HUA vet to be on stand-by for their arrival at the shelter. The boys arrived covered in mud from head to to, holding the surviving puppy like a live grenade. Over the next few hours 2 more live puppies were born. All are doing well. Esme is so happy to be rescued! She is very grateful for the help given to her and her puppies. She is so content and relaxed at the shelter, enjoying being able to take care of her puppies in a warm environment where all her needs are provided for, where she has warm bedding, good food and people who adore her. Please join us in wishing Esme and her puppies – Jello, Sprinkles and Cupcake – a very Happy New Year!
John upon arrival with Esme: