In Knox County, Illinois, eight puppies died from the extreme cold temperatures. The tragedy occurred on the day after Christmas when the dog owner called the Knox County Humane Society and told them her black Labrador retriever had given birth to a litter of puppies outdoors in the snow.
According to the Knox County Humane Society Facebook page, the dog’s owner did not know her dog was pregnant. WqadNews reports the dog was just fed daily, and there didn’t seem to be much interest in her.
“I think it was just one of those unfortunate things where the dog just lived there and was just fed daily, and that was about it,” said Curt Kramer, Knox County Humane Society.
By the time rescue workers arrived, eight of the tiny puppies had already died from the extreme cold. Only one survived, and he is with his mother at the shelter. The mother dog was also on the brink of dying from exposure, and her body temperature scored very low when rescued indicating hypothermia. Both mother and puppy are doing fine. When the puppy is old enough, both will be available for adoption.
“Please remember to donate to your local shelter, as your donations will be helping us save even more pet lives! KCHS would like to thank each and every one of you! It means the world to us… it means even more to them! Remember to please bring your pets inside this winter. If it’s too cold outside for you, it’s too cold outside for them!
I have included a link to our paypal, just in case anyone would like to donate to help.”
Many thanks to the devoted volunteers who help those who cannot speak for themselves. We are their voices, and we must be heard; their lives depend on us.
(Photo of surviving puppy out of eight puppies who froze to death via Knox County Humane Society)
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