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Pups Freeze After Dog Locked In Truck Gives Birth

Pups Freeze After Dog Locked In Truck Gives Birth


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.


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2:52AM PDT on Oct 19, 2014

Poor little ones!

10:02PM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

So sad

10:03AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

Poor poor Nala & her pups, so very upsetting to hear, I hope she has a loving family now...this really tugs at my heart, many years ago my family adopted a rescue boxer dog called Tara, she was in a very bad way, painfully thin with a wound on her head & face. Thankfully Wood-green animal shelter nursed her back to health. She had not long had pups, no one knew what happened to them, but she had coal dust ingrained in her nipples, probably locked up in a coal cellar. She never barked & remained timid of men. One day we bought her a little brown squeaky toy, but she thought it was one of her pups & desperately started nuzzling it & crying, a desperately sad, longing cry, to this day it makes me cry...we had to take it off her, we let her see us wrap the toy up in a towel & popped it in a small cupboard...she seemed to accept this, understanding what we were doing wasn't harmful, every now & then, for a few months, she would go to the cupboard & we would let her see the toy still wrapped in its towel. She lived the rest of her life happy & loved. How can anyone treat a dog so badly I will never understand.

8:46AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

Unacceptable. Makes me upset. I hope the others survive.

5:03AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

No more tragedies, please

11:25AM PDT on Oct 11, 2014

Poor, innocent babies, I hope, they and Nala are happy now

1:36PM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

To the person who abandoned Nala on that cold freezing night to give birth alone: may someone leave you in your time of need; may you look to others for compassion and comfort, and find nothing but loneliness and bitter cold. To those who rescued Nala: thank you and I hope she and her remaining babies find wonderful forever homes! RIP 4 little ones...

9:52AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

I hope Nala and the babies that survived all have long, fun, happy, lives.

1:05PM PDT on Oct 8, 2014

I agree, very heartbreaking. :-(

11:36PM PDT on Oct 6, 2014

Sad. I hope Nala and the remaining pups do well. Shame on the person who dropped her off.

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