Emaciated Great Dane and her 12 puppies rescued after abandoned on street

Thursday was a cold day in Asheville, North Carolina, but nevertheless, someone abandoned an emaciated Great Dane on the street near the Biltmore Estate. It was a Good Samaritan who spotted the emaciated dog with her ribs showing appearing to be very scared and nervous. There was more to the story.

The kind woman approached the dog to help bring her to safety, but the dog’s worried face indicated more than her being lost; that’s when the dog led her rescuer to a box near the side of the road; it was filled with a dozen ten-day-old puppies. It was obvious the mother dog had no intentions of leaving her litter behind.

The entire family was brought to the Asheville Humane Society for care. Here the mom, dubbed Clarice with her puppies named after reindeer characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie, begin their new lives.

Clarice weighs 74 pounds; a dog of her breed and size should weigh from 100 to 130 pounds. Her puppies weighed in at one pound. Sadly, one puppy did not make it. The sad update came from the dogs’ foster home last night:

“Unfortunately, the sweet baby runt passed away last night. Sadly, just too small and frail. As you know, it can happen; it never gets easier when it does. Our hearts ache. The rest of the babies are doing great, fat and happy.”

It will be at least six weeks before Clarice’s puppies are available for adoption. During these many weeks in the care of Asheville Humane, this sweet family of 12 will all need food, vaccines, medical care and spay/neuter surgeries. Please consider donating any amount toward 12 second chances for the 12 Danes of Christmas, to help this not-so-little family thrive.

Interested adopters – please note! It will be at least six weeks before the puppies are ready for adoption. We do not know the father’s breed, so the puppies may not be Great Danes themselves… time will tell! Due to the extremely high volume of interest, we are not able to take names or hold puppies in advance. Please follow our page for updates along the way and we will share the news when the pups are eventually ready to find their forever homes! Thank you”

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