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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 alocal 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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Photo Credit: Valley Boxer and Mastiff Rescue

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8:39AM PDT on May 21, 2013

What a sad story.

11:04PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

So heart breaking. Hopefully all were adopted, cared for and loved. If I could hold Nala now,I would hug her.

10:57PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012


9:38PM PDT on May 12, 2012

Tragic. Inhumane humans.

1:38PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

At least some survived. That's the best thing about this tale. Obviously that female boxer was looking for somewhere warm to give birth.

5:29PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Its hard to believe the amount of cruelty that is going on in this world its very very sad.

2:18PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

just disgusting how little some people care

11:04AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

I hope they pursue finding the scum bag owner of that dog . Wouldn;t it be nice if they locked the looser in the back of a truck overnight in sub degree weather and if he didn't make it...Oh well...... World would be better off.

8:16PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

How sad for those poor puppies.....don't know how anyone could lock a preganant dog in a cold truck overnight in the cold winter.

10:04PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Hope all the pups and mom found good homes - This was just an unfortunate situation.

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