Special delivery: Rescued pooch gives birth to 20 puppies

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It was a special delivery, and don’t let anyone tell you that Tyler, Texas doesn’t do stuff bigger than anyone else. A rescue Labrador retriever mix gave birth to 20 puppies late last week and wound up needing a c-section performed by veterinarian Dr. Roy Wilmeth.

According to animal advocate Lynn Marsh Harty, Luna had been running loose, but on July 12 was lucky enough to have been picked up by animal control and brought to the shelter. When her labor wasn’t progressing, the shelter staff knew more help was needed.

“Well, one of Smith County Animal Control’s rescues, Luna, stepped up to the plate and accomplished a huge task on Tuesday by carrying 20 puppies in her 72# body. 18 babies survived with all hands on deck at Kingdom Vet Clinic and Dr. Roy Wilmeth and staff helped her deliver this family after hours with their entire staff of professionals. They all were guessing how many puppies she would have. Of course, no one could have anticipated 20 PUPPIES!”, Lynn posted on her Facebook page.

Luna and her 18 puppies will be going to Because4Paws. Even though Luna is able to produce milk for her huge family, she can’t feed 18 hungry puppies.

Donations for Luna and her puppies may be made to the following:

1) Kingdom Vet Clinic in Tyler, TX (903) 630-7059 Attn: Lisa Wilmeth
2) Because4Paws.org
3) Lynn Harty c/o Because4Paws 619 Joel Drive Tyler, TX 75703
4) cash app link below https://cash.me/app/TRCFRTH

Wish List Currently Includes:

1)Puppy Pads
2) Iams Smart Puppy canned
3) Iams Smart Puppy dry food
4) PetAg Esbilac Puppy Milk canned Chewy.com
5) Miracle Nipples large size Amazon.com
All donations should be sent to 619 Joel Drive Tyler, TX 75703 and they will be dispersed to the foster base.

Once the puppies are weaned, they will be made available for adoption. Check back for their “cuteness” progress.

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