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Meet Mindy and Lucy: Two Selfless Mother Chihuahuas Care for Seven Helpless Puppies Fighting for Their Lives

In a collaborative effort, Animal League America, Martinsville Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), and Rockingham County Animal Shelter recently saved the lives of several helpless animals from a hoarding situation. Thirteen dogs, improperly cared for chickens, and free roaming cats were found to be living inside and outside of a house in Reidsville, N.C. Among those animals were two young adult female Chihuahuas, visibly malnourished and clinging to life, and their seven newborn puppies nestled inside of a dingy, old shoebox.



Existing among filthy, unsanitary conditions in a small house packed with other sick, injured, suffering animals, the two adult dogs, later named Mindy and Lucy, let their motherly instincts take over and put the puppies’ lives ahead of their own. They cared for the fragile puppies with their lives, nursing them, cleaning them, and protecting them from any imminent danger, proving that heroes can come in all shapes and sizes.

“Mindy and Lucy banded together when times were at their worst and jointly cared for these seven puppies,” said Sylvia Ottaka, Senior Director of Operations at Animal League America. “They were skinny and malnourished, suffering in their own right, but they put their lives second to ensure the survival of the puppies. They say it takes a village to raise a child and it seems to be the same way in the dog world as well.”



Upon arriving at Animal League America’s Port Washington, N.Y. campus, Mindy, Lucy and their puppies were immediately examined by the medical team in our Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center. Miraculously, all seven of the babies were well nourished, even a little chubby for their age. They did have upper respiratory infections that needed to be treated with antibiotics, and two of them needed to live in an oxygenated environment in our Emergency Care Unit until they were healthy enough to breathe on their own, but all were in good health considering the awful conditions from which they came. Mindy and Lucy were also suffering from upper respiratory infections and were visibly gaunt, but have showed significant improvement after being under the 24-hour care of our medical team.

“Considering the awful circumstances from which they came, both the mammas and their puppies are doing well,” said Animal League America Veterinarian, Dr. Sylvia Nagy. “The mother dogs were still nursing when they were rescued, so not only did they have to care for themselves and survive the elements, they had to make sure their babies were well taken care of. It’s amazing to see how they share their litters and formed a single family.”



Once our veterinary staff determines if these courageous dogs and their puppies are healthy enough to venture out into the world, they will be placed up for adoption. The goal, as always with all of our resilient Mutt-i-grees is to place them in responsible, loving homes where they can spend their days enjoying all of the spoils of a dog’s life, and it’s no different for Mindy, Lucy and their seven adorable pups. Thanks to the efforts of all the groups involved in this rescue, these nine dogs are far removed from the cruel, inhumane conditions they were surviving and have nothing but brighter days ahead.


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