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Volunteers Rescue Litter Of Puppies From Extreme Cold

Reported: Jan. 8, 2014 2:53 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 9, 2014 10:28 AM EST
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The best word to describe these little puppies is adorable, but they're lucky to be alive.

Desiree Huff, a volunteer with Pitiful Paws Rescue Group in Huntington said, "These puppies were living in complete filth."

A couple days ago, a concerned neighbor in east end of Huntington got in touch with Pitiful Paws, who rescues and re-homes dogs. "I'm very glad that we got the message when we did, especially with the extremely cold weather the next day. We are extremely thankful that we got them out when we did," said Huff.

The puppies were stuck under an empty house with their feral mother. "We started trying to bait them out with treats, and one person at every hole to make sure they didn't run out a different one," said Huff.

Finally, they had to cut away some of the brick to climb in and fetch the pups.

Stephen Hatten lives nearby, and says there's no way he could leave the scene until the puppies were safe. "I'm a dog lover. I've got a dog myself, and I think it's a great opportunity to help out," he said.

After seven hours, even crawling through fiberglass insulation, urine, and feces, they finally got them out. They dogs were in bad shape, with worms and staph infections, but thankfully, are now on the mend. "They have to have special baths, medicated baths, and medicine twice a day," said Huff.

They'll be getting a little extra "TLC" from their foster families until they are ready to be adopted out.

"These folks really are heroes at Pitiful Paws. They're doing this stuff all the time," said Hatten.

Huff remains humble about their mission. "We just wanted to take in the dogs that no one else could help and try to make a difference," she said.

Initially, they rescued five puppies, but went back late Tuesday to find three more. Now eight puppies will be under the care of foster families and a veterinarian to get their health issues under control before forever homes can be found for the animals.

You can track their progress on the Pitiful Paws Facebook page.



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