Abandoned in a snowstorm

Abandoned dog gives birth to litter of pups in snowstorm

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An abandoned dog in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, gave birth to a litter of puppies in the midst of a snowstorm. The dramatic tale was recounted to followers of the Pound Buddies Facebook page on Sunday.

The shelter described how the abandoned family was discovered:

The 911 call came in at 12:01 am. A concerned citizen called in a plea for help for a dog she noticed had been wandering around a vacant lot and appeared to possibly be injured. The caller stated that the dog had been seen throughout the day but now that it was midnight and the dog was obviously on his/her own, the caller was even more concerned because of the bitter temperature and accumulating snow.

Pound Buddies staff member, Robert Pringle, responded to the call for help. According to the shelter, had Pringle not responded immediately, the discarded family might very well have perished in the storm.


The shelter described the scene that Pringle encountered:

Upon arrival to the Muskegon Heights address, Robert noticed a small shadowed figure curled up in a ball covered with snow. The freezing cold dog allowed Robert to approach without concern; as if the dog knew he was there to help…

As the dog was being leashed and comforted, Pringle made a shocking discovery – the dog had been curled up on top of newborn puppies. Pound Buddies wrote, ” Robert and the Muskegon Heights officer who also responded (sorry, we still need to get this officers name and thank him for his help!) gently and quickly picked up the pups and loaded mama and her babies into the warm car that would bring them to safety.”

Abandoned mother dog

The abandoned family was transported back to the shelter and settled into a warm kennel – the shelter wrote:

The whole time, mama seemed to know exactly what was going on and she allowed Robert to guide her and her babies to safety.

Adding, “Thank you Robert! for your call to action! You are a hero in our book and as you stated; “it was a Christmas miracle!”


(Photos via Pound Buddies FB page)



11 replies
  1. lilsdad73 says:

    Thank goodness for the kindness of Robert here for rescuing this beautiful canine family! And for the responding officer too, stories like this are so heartwarming and I’m glad that they do seem to appear from time to time! Love and prayers to these lovely dogs and pups ❤️

  2. pennysdachshund says:

    I Salute !!!! Robert Pringle and the unnamed man helping him this dark, snow filled night!!! I hope this Shelter is not like the one I still think of daily WHO in OAKLAHOMA took in the pregnant female and the female shelter manager had that dog and the unborn puppy’s euthanized in # days time…. those PUP “S and THEIR MOM NEVER HAD A CHANCE … I wish Karma on that Shelter manger daily in the form that will drop her to her Knee’s in Humble Remorse!!!

  3. Darla says:

    Thank God for good people. This sweet momma dog and her puppies would have perished if not for the concerned citizen and the rest of the responders. She looks to be an older dog….now she’ll be spayed and never have to be pregnant again. I’d like to get my hands on the POS who dumped an old pregnant dog in the cold and snow.

  4. Elizabeth Morgan says:


    THANK YOU for being a compassionate caring action-oriented person with a heart for the innocent animals without a human voice (especially man’s best friend). This poor sweet mama and her helpless babies surely would have died a horrible death had this officer not saved their lives.

    THANK YOU AGAIN for your kind and selfless act of love toward a sweet mama dog and her babies in need.


  5. Barkley's Mom says:

    Bless the concerned citizen for calling and not turning a blind eye. Bless Robert Pringle and the Muskegon Heights officer who rescued this precious family. There is a special place in heaven for Angels that help the innocent and helpless.


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