Pregnant Dog Chained To Animal Shelter’s Fence Is Rescued Just In Time

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Dr. Michael White works as the director for the Harris County Animal Shelter in Texas. He was in complete and utter shock one morning when he turned on the morning news in time to see reporter Janelle Bludau from the KHOU 11 News Team, standing outside his shelter’s gate.

Apparently, Bludau was reporting on a Lab Mix that had been left chained to the shelter’s fence. Bludau informed the audience watching that she wasn’t going to leave the dog until someone arrived at the shelter. Naturally, Dr. White immediately raced to the scene.

The dog that had been tied up was very friendly – wagging her tail as the news crew approached her. No one knew just how much help she was actually going to need from Dr. White.

As soon as Dr. White arrived on the scene he took the dog in for a routine exam. They were all shocked to discover that she was actually heavily pregnant with a large litter of puppies who were due at any moment. In fact, she was so pregnant that her round belly was hitting the floor!

Dr. White then made the call to bring her home with him in order to keep an eye on her until she delivered her puppies.

“I decided I wasn’t going to leave her there any longer, and I took her home,” White said. “I didn’t want her to stay up there in that condition. I hate for animals to give birth in a shelter situation.”

In honor of the news reporter who refused to leave her side, Dr. White named the abandoned dog Janelle. After taking her home, Janelle settled in, showing her appreciation for her foster parents with lots of cuddles – big belly and all. And as everyone already anticipated, it was a short a few days after arriving at Dr. White’s, that Janelle began exhibiting signs of distress – indicating she was going to be going into labor.

She started having contractions around 9 at night. Dr. White and his wife knew they would be in for a long night. “My wife and I stayed up with her all night assisting in each delivery,” White said.

“At 3:36 a.m., [puppy] number 10 was born, and we thought that was it, but number 11 was born at 6:05 a.m. It was a long night for me, my wife and Janelle.”

Everything went well and Dr. White was able to happily report that Janelle and the puppies are doing well. Janelle is a great mom and she keeps a very clean “den” for her puppies.

It’s also very clear that she loves all her babies. For now, they will stay with Janelle until she’s done weaning them, but then after they’ll be up for adoption.

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Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.
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