Orphaned pups adopted by stray dog 'need puppy prayers' - WNEM TV 5

Orphaned pups adopted by stray dog 'need puppy prayers'

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

It started as a story of puppy love, but now a litter of puppies "need puppy prayers."

Saginaw County Animal Care and Control Officer Joaquin Guerrero said he and Officer Anthony Trevino responded to a call Wednesday about a dog having trouble giving birth to her puppies.

"In the process of her going and making it to the vet, the mom had passed away. So, we hurried up ran the dog in, they then performed a C-section to try and save some of the puppies that were in there," Guerrero said. 

The officers took the mother dog to Cole Veterinary Hospital. Of the nine puppies born that day, only five survived, but they were left without a mother to care for them. That's until Trevino remembered another stray he'd rescued several days earlier, named Mamba. 

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"She was a super sweet dog. Just a couple residents were a little worried about her roaming the area," Trevino said.

Mamba lost her own pups, but when she saw the new litter she just couldn't help herself. 

"She right away took to them like they were hers. Which was pretty much a godsend for them because now she's able to raise and stimulate the puppies," Trevino said. 

Staff at the Saginaw County Animal Care and Control Center are feeding and taking care of the puppies until they can be weaned off milk.

Sadly, the story of puppy love took a devastating turn. 

Guerrero said the animal shelter had to take the Little Iron Pups to Great Lakes Pet Emergency for treatment Thursday night. One of the pup's temperature was dropping and two were showing signs of shallow breathing. 

They were all placed on oxygen, given antibiotics and put in a warmer, Guerrero said. Unfortunately, one the pups - named Truffle - passed away. The staff are asking you keep the other siblings - Razzle, Pez, Dot and Taffy - in your prayers. 

Even though the pups are still young, Guerrero hopes they wont be staying at the shelter for long. 

"These are what we would call the Little Iron Pups. Once they hit about eight weeks, they'll be removed from us and then they'll go over to the Freeland Correctional Facility to start their training," Guerrero said. 

The Iron Paws Program pairs dogs from Saginaw County Animal Control with prisoners at correctional center for rehabilitation. The program formalizes obedience training for shelter pets to give them a better chance of adoption.

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