The shelter wanted to put the dog and her puppies to sleep. Only one person defended them

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shelter wanted to put the dog and her puppies to sleep

Maternal aggression, shown by the mother in defense of her offspring, was to determine the future of the canine family. A 6-year-old female dog and her newborn puppies from a shelter in Orlando, Florida are on the euthanasia list. Without a chance meeting with a special someone, their days would probably have ended a long time ago.

Adrienne Andino, founder of Pitbull Tailz Rescue, wanted to check on the dog in solitary confinement at Orange County Animal Services. Arrived on the spot and carrying out her duties, she directed her steps towards another cabin, located in the same wing. There she saw a dog with newborn puppies.

The shelter wanted to put the dog and the puppies to sleep

Rice Krispie, a pit bull mix, was cuddling her newborn puppies. She hugged them like her life depended on it, which turned out to be partly true. Her maternal instinct almost made the woman cry, guessing what dangers await the mother dog and the little ones.

shelter wanted to put the dog and her puppies to sleep
Adrienne Andino
shelter wanted to put the dog and her puppies to sleep
Adrienne Andino

It was obvious to the naked eye that the dog had been through more than any other dog – not only was she given to the shelter a week before Adrienne’s visit, but fearing for the safety of her offspring, she was locked in an isolation room with newborn puppies.

The dog was friendly and let others care for the puppies, but the feeling of rejection by the family and the maternal instinct to protect her children in this strange and uncertain environment she found herself in only intensified her emotions. Unfortunately, the aggressive behavior observed in her has put Rice Krispie on the “black list” of potential candidates for euthanasia. Without their mother, the fate of the puppies was uncertain.

shelter wanted to put the dog and her puppies to sleep
Adrienne Andino

– It’s not strange, especially in a shelter. Dogs here become fearful and overprotective of their young, Pitbull founder Tailz Rescue notes in an interview with The Dodo.

shelter wanted to put the dog and her puppies to sleep
Adrienne Andino

Adrienne couldn’t let the lethal injection ruin her chances of finding a new home, so she took some photos and then shared them on social media. The photos immediately stirred the internet, and thanks to the combined efforts of members of Poochies Pet Rescue and the Central Florida Animal League, less than a day later, a rescue team arrived to save Rice Krispie.

Is it normal to euthanize dogs in shelters?

In the US, you cannot legally put a dog to sleep just because it is homeless, which does not mean that such practices also apply in other countries. According to statistics released by Best Friends Animal Society, an organization working to introduce a universal ban on euthanasia in shelters in the United States, approximately 2,000 cats and dogs are euthanized every day in shelters in the United States.

It is undeniable that euthanasia is sometimes the most responsible choice, especially when unnecessary animal suffering or the threat of unforeseen aggression is involved, although mass euthanasia due to overpopulation and underinvestment will never solve the problem of animal homelessness.

Fortunately, neither Rice Krispie nor her offspring fell victim to a faulty system. A few days after the first visit to the shelter, members of the Poochies Pet Rescue organization announced that they had picked up the canine family from Orange County Animal Services, and the mother dog was given a new name – Scarlet. Here is a photo of them in their new temporary home:

shelter wanted to put the dog and her puppies to sleep
Facebook / Poochies Pet Rescue, Inc.

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