A call came in mid-October to the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) Emergency Response Center from someone who reported seeing adult dogs roaming free entering and exiting a hole under an abandoned Phoenix home that is slated for demolition. When two AHS Emergency Animal Medical Technicians (EAMTs), Theresa Scheckel and Dan McGrath, arrived on site, witnesses said they believed the bitch had recently given birth, but the pups were nowhere to be found.
A video clip of the operation shows two malnourished adult dogs squeezing through a narrow gap between the building and the floor, reacting excitedly to Scheckel’s and McGrath’s whistles and persuasion. The dogs seem people-friendly and the woman seems to be a nursing mother.
Scheckel and McGrath begin digging larger holes to gain access and look for the pups. McGrath then slides under the house and spots the pups on a pile (as shown in the Go Pro footage) in the extremely cramped crawl space. McGrath stays under the house and places the pups on a stretcher. Then he pushes them to his partner, who carefully removes them and places them on the floor nearby.
When they emerged from under the building, the seven pups – so young their eyes were still closed – and the mother were reunited, and all of the dogs (two adults and seven pups) were taken to the Arizona Humane Society trauma hospital for medical exams .
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The pups, five males and two females, appeared to be less than two weeks old. The mother, who appeared to be about a year old from a laboratory mix, had stab wounds on her upper body, probably because she was constantly entering the crawling room. Mother and pups rested comfortably in AHS ‘Mutternity Suites, an extension of the trauma hospital and a quiet place for pregnant and nursing mothers. They then spent a few weeks in an AHS Foster Hero home. They are now ready for adoption (her lovely mother, who is called Rose, has already found her eternal family).
This mother and her pups are eight of the more than 4,300 homeless pets AHS EAMTs rescue each year. In total, AHS takes in almost 18,000 of the valley’s most endangered pets every year and looks after them in its accident hospital and intensive care units. To learn more about AHS, please visit www.azhumane.org.