A mother would do anything to protect her babies, and when a fire broke out in an abandoned factory that a stray dog and her puppies called home, she put her life on the line to save them.
“Apparently a passerby picked her up from the road and they knew she had been living in the abandoned factory because they saw her come and go,” said Victoria McGonigal, owner of Dochas n Gra Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in South Carolina.
“The day she got picked up was the day the warehouse had a fire. They took her to animal control and realized she had a broken front left leg and knew she was still producing milk, so she had puppies somewhere,” McGobigal explained. However, McGonigal had to wait four days until it was safe enough to go to search the factory for the babies with the mother dog, who rescuers named Miracle.
When Miracle was brought back to the property, she led McGonigal straight to the spot she left the puppies. “She apparently moved the puppies from the warehouse to the woods,” said McGonigal. “It was a little wooded area in a grove. She stuck them each in there, and they stayed there.”
Miracle and the entire litter went back with McGonigal, and once the puppies were strong enough, they were sent to Happy Tails Dog Rescue in Smithtown, New York to be put up for adoption. Miracle, however, did not make the journey with her puppies because her left leg had still not healed. “When they X-rayed her left leg, they saw it was broken in her shoulder joint,” McGonigal said of the injury that she believes Miracle got while rescuing the puppies from the fire.
Unfortunately, Miracle’s leg had to be amputated, but she’s healed well and has been sent up to Happy Trails to be adopted. “I was a blubbering mess when I put her on transport,” McGonigal said. “You could tell she was so grateful for being found and being taken care of. She would jump in my lap and give me hugs.”
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[Featured image: Dochas n Gra Animal Rescue and Sanctuary]