SPCA workers in Gatineau, Quebec found a sad and shocking surprise on arriving to work last Sunday morning. A worker heard a dog in distress in the parking lot on the frigid morning and followed the sound to one of their own service vehicles, where they discovered a female Boxer. The dog had apparently been left abandoned in the back of the truck overnight — up to 10 hours — and had given birth to eight pups before she was discovered. The previous night had been below freezing, with temperatures plummeting to -23 Celsius (-10 Fahrenheit). The dog, named Nala by SPCA workers, was unable to keep all of her pups sufficiently warm during her imprisonment. By the time she was discovered, four of the pups had died, their umbilical cords still attached.
Staff immediately rescued the dogs and mother, using their own bodies to warm the pups and quickly transporting the entire family inside, where Nala gave birth to a ninth pup. The surviving dogs were assessed inside the shelter for 12 hours. Nala herself is showing signs of frostbite, but the surviving pups seem to be healthy with some signs of frostbite. Nala also has overgrown nails and is thin, a sign of potential neglect. The dogs were all transferred to a local Boxer rescue organization, where they will be cared for until the pups are old enough to be homed.
The ironic part of this story is that the person who locked Nala in that truck may have thought they were doing her a favor, since they left her at the SPCA. However, given the fact that there are 24 hour emergency services for animal rescue in the area, Nala’s “helper” obviously did the bare minimum to assist her, which led to a horrifying outcome. If the shelter hadn’t been open on Sunday, the story could have been much worse.
Authorities are attempting to find the owner and/or abandoner of the dog to find out what really happened to Nala that night.
Photo Credit: Valley Boxer and Mastiff Rescue