Baltimore junkyard mama leads rescuers to her newborn puppies

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When Baltimore City Animal Control were alerted to a call in the Broadway East neighborhood, two dogs had been reported living in an alleyway junkyard filled with trash piled nearly to the roof. Living in the filth and chaos were a Labrador retriever male mix and a smaller golden pup – soon to be dubbed Joe and Goldilocks by their rescuers.


According to BARCS Animal Shelter, the dogs had been surviving and sleeping amidst the trash. Their owner had reportedly died, but no one ever came to rescue the dogs. And when it came time to transport the two dogs to the safety of the shelter, Goldilocks hesitated and slowly approached her rescuers as if she had been trying to lead them to a particular spot. The rescue officers climbed through the piles of debris, and within minutes found the dog’s puppies – three of them, and they were no more than a few weeks old.

The staff at BARCS knew a shelter was no place for a mom and her babies and reached out to Maureen Sosa, the intake director of  Humane Rescue Alliance.

“I really wanted to help some of our local partners even though we were also helping out-of-area organizations Sosa stated on the organization’s Facebook page. “We had the space, so I wanted to fill it up!”

Goldilocks and her puppies are now together in a foster home. She is described as a sweet dog who is doing a great job nurturing and raising her puppies. Goldilocks and her puppies will be available for adoption in a few weeks. To browse all of the animals currently available for adoption, visit the organization’s website at

Check out the junkyard photos courtesy of BARCS and Humane Rescue Alliance.

Joe is available for adoption through BARCS.

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9 replies
  1. Darla says:

    Love the picture of Goldilocks with the smile on her face as she sits beside her babies. So glad that Animal Control was aware enough to realize that she was trying to lead them to the pups when they went out to rescue the dogs. Now, they’ll ALL be spayed and neutered like they should have been in the first place.

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    I’m glad Goldilocks and her little family are safe, as well as Joe. How sad when someone dies, nobody gives a hoot what happens to their pets. I’m sure the relatives made sure anything of value was spoken for and left this poor family to fend for themselves. Thank you BARCS for rescuing them!

  3. Cynthia Como says:

    OMG! How very sad is this? Even tho the owner has died the living conditions of these dogs didn’t happen overnight,so the owner had been subjecting these poor dogs to this hellish existance! I won’t say that the owner was living like a pig because I don’t want to insult the animal kingdom! How very,very happy I am that these poor dogs were removed from this hell hole! But I’m wondering about Joe,what happened to Joe,who of course has to be the father of these precious puppies.

  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    Only due to Goldilocks motherly love were these puppies rescued – I give her ALL the credit for the puppies being saved. These poor dogs were forced to live in filth for a long time – this did not happen overnight and then when the owner died no one bothered to help these dogs – another prime example of how low the humanity level has sunk.


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