Stray dog leads rescuers to her litter of ten puppies
A stray dog who continued escaping a re-homing centre has led her rescuers to her litter of ten puppies, which it turns out she had been running off to feed.
33-year-old Krystle Woodward from Fowler in California runs a non-profit animal rescue centre called Pinky Paws Rescue, according to Metro UK.
She was first made aware of the dog, now named Betty Boop, after multiple people called into the charity reporting they had seen her walking in the area.
It took many attempts over a series of weeks before Krystle finally rescued the stray – but keeping her safe was another task altogether.
It was obvious to onlookers that Betty, a bull terrier, had recently given birth – and therefore must have been walking miles every day to find food for her pups.
Krystle said: ‘Many people in my hometown of Fowler, Ca. came to me asking me to help her because they had seen her on the streets for weeks and some saw her when she was pregnant.
‘I made a timeline of sightings and it took lots of time to catch her, I went out on breaks and lunches to search for her. Many people tried catching her but no success.
‘On April 12, I trapped her in a trap on my break and the local animal control held her at their yard for me to get her after work.
‘I could tell when she looked at me she needed my help so I wanted to help change her life and show her real love.
‘When I went to get her she had escaped and I knew she was trying to get back to her puppies from the yard which was close enough for her to know the area.
‘The next day I posted for help asking if anyone saw her and she was back at the same area so I rushed out, my husband brought the trap and met me there.’
Krystle found Betty scavenging through trash cans for food, obviously starving. So, she set a trap and sat back, as she watched Betty approach the bait and take it.
Krystle then secured the trap with leashes, before situating her at home.
‘When I got her out of the trap after work she was content. She felt safe with me and trusted me,’ said Krystle.
Almost immediately after finding Betty, Krystle has taken Betty to the vets, and stayed by her side for four hours while any injuries were examined.
Soon after the anxious mum tried running to her puppies on Friday morning, Krystle let her lead the way.
Krystle explained: ‘I left work early on Good Friday and walked Betty Boop on a leash for the first time and played puppy sounds on my phone.
She led me two miles out to the abandoned house after she cried and looked at me before she took me walking.
‘When we got closer she hesitated and cried again, we had her 24 hours before we found her ten healthy puppies.
‘I knew puppies were out there and I couldn’t let them suffer and starve to death. Betty Boop loved and trusted me to show me which really is a miracle to me.
‘She travelled two miles every day to go into the city to scavenge in trash cans for food, then in the evening she would head back to the country to feed her puppies.
‘I can’t even describe my emotions when I saw the puppies, I had so many and now we love playing with her and the puppies.’
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