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.”
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)