By Kelle Mann Davis of Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward
We were asked to help a lady who had noticed a lactating mother dog. She needed help locating the pups and capturing the elusive mom. She had been feeding the dogs for three weeks and had seen the mom go under the shed, so she had a fairly good idea that the babies were there, although she had no idea about how many there may be or how old they were.
The shed was very close to the ground and mom had to slither on her belly to get under. We got there early in the morning and I was able to get under the shed and saw at least seven pups. They looked to be about four to five weeks old as they were walking about a bit but were still somewhat wobbly.
A Belly- Crawl Under the Shed Where Spider and Snakes Hide Out
After crawling under the shed with a five foot long crab net, I was able to scoop five of the pups out to safety. But a couple were too far to reach. They were at the end where the shed had fallen off the cement blocks and was very low to the ground, which made it impossible to get to them. During this time, the mother dog (now named Maggy) had been trapped and the family was taken to the foster home where they are going to be until adopted.
It got dark and we decided that we could do no more that night, so we went back at first light and discovered the pups still together in the inaccessible area under the shed. So we decided to see if we could break out a bit of the rotted shed where they were hiding. It worked! The pups stayed there as we pulled and prodded and within minutes had the little pups all safe and sound. The one seen in the video below is number six and all seven were rescued. The little family is doing well and pups are starting to eat a bit of kibble now. All will be vetted, spayed and neutered and will find forever homes soon. More rescue photos from Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward here.
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