Thanks to a mother-daughter rescue team and a police officer, a boxer dog that began giving birth along a road Thursday evening is now safely recuperating with her puppies.
The event unfolded along a road in the Mountville area, according to Pet Pantry of Lancaster County, which is caring for the dogs.
“Obviously, the side of the road is not exactly the most ideal place to give birth to and care for puppies, and so we wanted to make sure she was taken care of properly,” said Dr. Bryan Langlois, a veterinarian who is Pet Pantry’s co-founder and medical director.
The pantry learned about 8 p.m. Thursday that a woman and her daughter had found the dog giving birth on the side of the road.
Langlois said the dog had a collar but no identification, and the Good Samaritans had apparently seen her running loose for a few days but weren’t able to get close enough to help her until she started giving birth.
A West Hempfield Township Police Officer took the dog to the Pet Pantry — with one puppy born in the back of the vehicle on the way — while the Good Samaritans rounded up the four puppies that had already been delivered.
The dog was thin, had fleas and carried the just-born pup in her mouth on arrival, Langlois said. But she settled right in at Pet Pantry and delivered four more puppies over the next three hours.
Of the nine puppies, Langlois said, one was stillborn and one did not survive the night, but the surviving five males and two females seem to be doing well.
“Mom is a champ,” he said. “She knows just what to do and that makes our job a whole lot easier here.”
The plan is for the dog and pups to go to a foster home, Langlois said, and financial donations toward their care can be made through the Adley’s Animal Rescue Fund on Pet Pantry’s website.
The puppies will not be available for adoption for at least the next two to three months.
Langlois said it isn’t clear why the boxer was running free, but as of Friday afternoon no one had contacted the Pet Pantry to claim it.