Their lives began in an abandoned home surrounded by dirt, garbage and discarded needles. But thanks to a local animal lover, a litter of newborn puppies will have a second chance to find a loving home.
A mom and her puppies are some of the lucky ones. Paws Animal Rescue was called after a Flint worker noticed a very pregnant dog on the city's north end. Edith Campbell sprang into action, trying to rescue the animal before she delivered.
"It disappeared Sunday night. So I got a couple of people yesterday to go out and search for where she might have hidden the puppies," Campbell said.
People in the neighborhood said the mama dog has lived in the house for the past couple of years and there was no place to hide her puppies. She found another vacant house right around the corner.
The house is full of debris, garbage, needles, and there's even a dead dog in the front. But she made herself a safe little den to have her puppies and that is where rescuers found her.
"It was a wonderful bed. It looked awful to us, but it was safe and cozy and inside there were 10 puppies," Campbell said.
The puppies and their mother are on their way to a shelter in Howell. Campbell said she'd love to keep all the rescued animals and even though the puppies and their mom have only been at the rescue for a few days, it's difficult to let go.
"Usually we can take puppies. We need puppies as far as we need people to adopt puppies, but we're so stretched thin that we can't and so that anxiety of we need them, we want them, but we can't. It's really hard," Campbell said.
The puppies and mother dog will be ready to be adopted out in a few weeks.
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