Man Rescues One Dog, Gets Ten

 |  Nov 5th 2009  |   14 Contributions


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A good Samaritan, Gary DeNicola, rescued a stray dog running in traffic, most likely saving her life. What he didn't realize at the time was he saved 10 lives, she was pregnant. When he picked up the dog she was starving and emaciated, it looked like she had been nursing but when he searched the area for puppies but didn't find any.

He took the dog home and put her in his spacious backyard to keep her safe, he was worried about bringing her in because he has a 12-year-old and wasn't sure how he'd react. DeNicola planned on dropping the dog off at the shelter the next day, things didn't work out exactly as planned.

Here are the details from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

puppies1107b_293831lThat evening, on Sept. 27, DeNicola noticed the dog begin to hunker down in a garden bed. Next, she was giving birth to one, two, four, seven, and then nine black and tan puppies.

DeNicola began making calls to shelters and soon discovered many area animal rescue groups are at full capacity. People struggling financially had abandoned their animals, and many pets were turned out during the flood, he was told.

"And one shelter wouldn't take the newborn pups until they were vaccinated," he said. "I realized -- they are mine."

DeNicola is now raising the lucky litter on his own until he can find qualified, permanent homes. He built a special pen for the dogs in his basement, not wanting to mix the new deliveries with Tiger, who isn't sure how to handle the strange sounds coming from below.

It's always great to read a heartwarming animal story. A big thanks to DeNicola for stepping up to the plate and making a difference, we give him four big paws up.

If anyone is interested in adopting one of Ruby's adorable puppies you can contact DeNicola via email.

*Photo courtesy Katie Leslie

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