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SPCA Rescues Orphaned Storm Puppies

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On February 22, your SPCA for Monterey County received a call about puppies trapped under a portable classroom at Gavilan View Middle School in Salinas. Teachers and students at the school heard crying under the classroom for at least two days, starting when the students returned on Tuesday from a school vacation. A custodian and a teacher managed to dig and reach under the building and pull the puppies to safety while the school secretary kept the rescued puppies warm. 

Three puppies survived. Sadly, two were found recently deceased. SPCA humane officers rushed the tiny puppies back to the shelter for immediate veterinary care.

The three tiny puppies, now named Gilligan, Skipper, and Mary Ann, were just two weeks old, cold, and dehydrated. They spent their first night with the SPCA in the care of a dedicated foster who bottle fed them and kept them warm.

Adding a shocking twist to the story: a lactating adult female dog had been trapped at the school and sent to a different shelter five days before the puppies’ rescue. The Friday the mother was trapped, February 17, was also the same day the major storm hit our community.

The SPCA picked her up the next morning to see if she could be the puppies’ mother. If so, SPCA staff wondered how puppies just two weeks old could have possibly survived five days, in storm conditions, without her. The mother dog immediately and lovingly took the puppies into her care without hesitation and began nursing them.

While it’s possible they have a different mother, we don’t know where she is. The school has not seen another lactating dog on campus and no dog has tried to come back to find the puppies.

The SPCA thanks Gavilan View Middle School, their teachers, staff, and students for caring about and rescuing the puppies.

To help pets like Gilligan, Skipper, and Mary Ann, please donate. Everything we do is only made possible by you. If you know these puppies or have seen a lactating adult female dog in the area, please contact us at 831-373-2631. The puppies will be raised in a loving foster home until they are ready to be adopted in approximately two months.



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