In December, a pit bull mix named Miracle was found at the side of a road in South Carolina, where a warehouse had caught fire earlier that day. The passerby who picked her up recognized her as the same dog that had been coming and going from the abandoned facility, and took her to the local animal control office.
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There, officials discovered that she not only had a broken leg, but that she was also producing milk. Which meant she had recently had a litter of puppies that were likely either inside the warehouse or somewhere nearby.
But because of safety concerns, her assigned animal control officer had to wait four long days before they could return to the site. When she did, she took the severely wounded Miracle with her. The brave mama dog led the officer directly to the spot where she had ferried her puppies to safety.
“She apparently moved the puppies from the warehouse to the woods,”said Victoria McGonigal, owner of Dochas n Gra Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Chesterfield, South Carolina. “It was a little wooded area in a grove. She stuck them each in there, and they stayed there.â€
Miracle and her puppies recuperated for several weeks at Dochas n Gra, and the puppies were then sent to another rescue organization in New York, Happy Tails Dog Rescue, where McGonigal sends her rescues once they’re ready to be adopted.
But Miracle’s stay was extended once an X-ray revealed her leg had been broken at the shoulder joint and needed to be amputated. Once her own recovery was complete, she, too, was brought to Happy Tails.
“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.â€
Miracle’s puppies have all likely found their forever homes, and the heroic mama is being fostered “with the intent to adopt,”the owner of Happy Tails reports. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed that all goes well this week. But if it doesn’t work, we have about 40 people lined up for her.â€
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