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All alone in the world: abandoned puppy hugs little sister to reassure her

brown dog embraces his little sister dog-happy © animalcharityofohio - Facebook

Two puppies arrived at the shelter in deplorable conditions. This is how they survived.

By Emilie Heyl

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In mid-March 2022, the Animal Charity of Ohio shelter in the United States heard that a family of dogs needed help.

When the charity's manager, Jane MacMurchy, arrived she was confronted with a scene of misery and despair: a dog with two puppies had taken a pile of rubble as a kennel. 

Survivor dogs

The rescuers quickly realised that the owners did not care about the fate of the dogs. The furry family was all alone in the world, but they found a way to survive.

The dogs lived in a makeshift 'house' amidst rubble and debris. They were dirty, undernourished and the puppies also had a major socialisation problem.

The owners of the dogs did not hide their satisfaction when rescuers arrived to save the animals.

In the hands of the volunteers

Without even a hint of hesitation, they handed over the two 5-month-old puppies, Peaches and Layla, and their 7-year-old mother, Lady, to volunteers who took them to a shelter.

On the spot, the four-legged animals were examined by vets. Lady was the first. And when the dog entered the clinic, an incredible thing happened: the confused puppies, not knowing where their mother was, hugged each other to reassure themselves.

This behaviour showed that the two puppies do not trust people very much. So the shelter staff are already working on their socialisation. Jane MacMurchy reports: "They are calmer when they are with their mum, so we work with all three of them together, but also individually. It's a slow process, but they are learning to trust themselves and the world."

For Lady, the socialisation process is going quite well. For her puppies, however, it is still a real challenge.


Peaches and Layla are really starting to enjoy all the attention they are getting! Link below to original post. https://www.facebook.com/145690285464452/posts/5394077907292304/

Posted by Animal Charity of Ohio on Wednesday, March 23, 2022

That's why we're keeping our fingers crossed for them! We hope that as soon as they are ready for adoption, they will quickly find a home where they can live happily and respectfully.

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