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The Puppy Mill rescue operation went down as scheduled but not without a few surprises, both good and bad.
The plan was to pick up the Puppy Mill rescues late Sunday night but unfortunately the winter storm made the transportation efforts more dramatic!
Two of our rescue pugs were pregnant & the stress of the earlier trip brought on labor. One of the pugs, Angel, gave birth during the transport. Our on call vet was able to direct one of our transporters via cell phone on what to do. About 4 hours later - another puppy was born. Unfortunately, even after lots of loving from her mommy, and our amazing transport driver Kristi administering "mouth-to-mouth" on her, she did not survive. One puppy remained, Little Liam.
All of the pugs were safely transported to NYC where they were immediately taken to our vet at 12:30AM to get Angel, the pregnant momma into emergency care and get fluids & milk into premature Little Liam. Gidget, who was also pregnant, came in as well. Both pugs and puppy stayed at the vet for a couple of days and the other pugs went out to their foster homes.
Angel and Liam were not well enough to make the trip up to their MA foster home so they stayed behind in NYC with Drea who brought Liam and Angel home. Angel didn't really know how to be a mom so Drea gave Liam IV fluids and bottle fed him Angel's milk. Sadly, after lots of ups and downs, we lost Little Liam in the middle of the night.
On a brigther note -- no sooner did Christmas day arrive and Gidget, the other pregnant female went into labor! After several hours, she safely delivered her litter of jet black Christmas puppies!
Another Christmas Miracle!
They are healthy and doing well so far with 24 hr medical supervision.
Three little Christmas Pugs....
I can only say it is a good thing I am not fostering these little black puglets or there is noway I would be able to part with them right now! Be still my heart..
It has been an amazing experience all around. Some wonderfully happy moments and some terribly sad moments. But overall we are doing well and all of the pugs are out of danger and safely in our foster care. They are very sweet and well behaved.
The Puppy Mill rescue has cost us $6,800 so far, which adoption fees alone won't cover. I have added a Chip in link to my sidebar to track our donation progress. You can also check out the Curly Tail Website and the Curly Tail Blog for updates.
This was Little Liam who tried so hard but left us too soon. He was only 3 days old. This rescue effort is in memory of him.