Update on senior dog who gave birth to 21 puppies that died

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A senior pregnant Labrador retriever who arrived unresponsive in the back of a pickup truck last weekend to the Boone Area Humane Society in Iowa continues to recover. Tragically, all 21 puppies she had been carrying died.

“She’s settling down in her foster home now. At first it was a little overwhelming for her but she has adjusted to her new space. She is even started giving out kisses to her foster family! She enjoys hanging out near her foster family or finding a comfy bed and take a nap. Yesterday Ruthie got her very own air mattress which she loves to sprawl out on. And her foster family got her a soft fluffy toy that she likes to cuddle with,” the Boone Area Humane Society wrote on Facebook.

Of course, it was time this gorgeous dog was given a name, and her caregivers at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine named her “Ruthie”  in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, another senior who fought her best fight. Ruthie’s rescuers even made a lace collar for her!

Ruthie had been in labor for 24 hours before she was surrendered to the shelter. She was immediately transferred to the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine for advanced care. She quickly went into labor and delivered two puppies; one was stillborn and the other died moments later.

Several puppies remained inside of her, and she required an emergency C-section. Immediately after the 21 premature puppies were born, only 12 remained alive and were given transfusions from their mother’s antibodies hoping to give them a chance at life. Two days later, despite the best care and efforts of the staff, the last puppy died. His survival had been a long shot, but everyone had hoped for a miracle.

A fund for the leftover donations is now being called Ruthie’s Fund. The money will be used for dogs and cats who come to the shelter with emergency medical needs.

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