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Puppy Mill Rescue Update
December 28, 2008

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.
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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!
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Another Christmas Miracle!

They are healthy and doing well so far with 24 hr medical supervision.

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Three little Christmas Pugs....
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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..

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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.
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RIP Liam.

Posted by Lori on December 28, 2008 9:22 PM permalink Comments (9)

 

 

emily the biker pug commented December 28, 2008 9:09 PM

Don't know how the roads were between Albany and NYC that night but I imagine they were very dangerous, as they were here in eastern Ma.
Emily the biker pug is sooo happy all are safe now.
Emily gives everyone and every pug a two paws up and high fives for an amazing job well done. Emily would give it 4 paws up but she hates being on her back.

 

 

Kelly commented December 28, 2008 9:42 PM

Lori,

OMG!! those puppies are so CUTE! it is funny how the tan mother had 3 black pups...so sad about precious Little Liam... I am sure the Sausage is nuzzling him above :)

This is great work you do!!

Kelly

 

 

jan commented December 28, 2008 11:16 PM

oh, sweet girl, those little pups must be tugging at your heartstrings right now. happy holidays, lori - this is a wonderful thing you're doing!

 

 

Becky commented December 29, 2008 11:41 AM

What a wonderful thing to do especially at this time of year. Hopefully they will find new homes for the New Year. This was a bittersweet story. The puglets are so adorable. I am so sorry the puppies didn't make it. You and the others at the rescue are true angels. I do see Pugley in the ice formation. A true miracle for you from Pugsley. I have no doubt he is watching over you.

 

 

Becky commented December 29, 2008 11:42 AM

What a wonderful thing to do especially at this time of year. Hopefully they will find new homes for the New Year very soon. This was a bittersweet story. The puglets are so adorable. I am so sorry the puppies didn't make it. You and the others at the rescue are true angels. I do see Pugley in the ice formation. A true miracle for you from Pugsley. I have no doubt he is watching over you.

 

 

Neas Nuttiness commented December 29, 2008 11:52 AM

Oh - is this the same puppy mill that I read about at the GMPR site?
If I lived near you, I would take one (or maybe all) of those little black pug puppies in a heartbeat. So many precious animals who deserve a happy, loving, forever home. Bless you all for the work that you do for these wonderful little creatures!

 

 

coffeypot commented December 29, 2008 11:56 AM

I know what you mean about fostering and not giving them up. On Christmas day Dr. Amber brought over Elvis, a six month old chocolate cocker spaniel, that is fast becoming a part of the family. But he must go to Florida to a cocker spaniel rescue group who will see that he gets the needed hip surgery . We know it is the best thing for him, but it will be very difficult to see him go.

 

 

Lori commented December 29, 2008 12:50 PM

Neas - Yes, there were 3 local rescues involved in the puppy mill rescue (53+ pugs in total) we took 8 - GMPR was another one of the rescues to help out.

 

 

Holly commented January 5, 2009 2:01 PM

Lori - OK I am just going to put in my 2 cents ; 0 I really think you should adopt one!! I figure since it is black, it would be different than Pugsley and you have so much love to give one of these wonderful little Pugs, it would be wonderful!!! What cha think???? Holly

 



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