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Puppies find a mom
Alone in the cold, a litter of puppies desperately needed a mom.
A hundred miles away, an abandoned dog had lost a litter of pups.
What happened when an animal rescue group brought them all together.
Laura Hussey "This little guy is one of six puppies, their eyes weren't even open yet, that were found under a trailer in Laurel Hill. Their mother had disappeared and they were crying out for food"
The babies were rescued Christmas Eve, by a volunteer group called "Save Underdogs".
Founder Terri Bondi and other foster parents tried to keep the pups alive; bottle feeding every two hours.
Terri Bondi "It's risky because they've been out in the cold, their body temperatures have dropped, so you never know if they're going to make it"
Meanwhile in Panama City, this sweet girl had been dumped in the woods, pregnant and almost ready to deliver.
Terri "Took her in for an xray to see if the pups were alive or not, they saw that she had been shot multiple times with BBs, she's got lots of BBs in her body"
Because of the injuries or some other stress, her pups were stillborn.
But the dog Bondi named Holly still had milk, so she decided to take another risk, introducing Holly to the motherless pups.
Terri "Because you don't know what the temperament of the other dog is, I hadn't met her, you don't know if they're aggressive, you don't know if they've had puppies before, if they know what to do"
It wasn't an instant success; Holly was a bit overwhelmed.
But the hungry babies soon latched on, and nobody's let go since.
Terri "Mother Nature took over after the first day, and she's done a fabulous job"
To look at them, you'd never guess what they've been through.
With a lot of luck and a lot of love, this unlikely family has beat the odds.
Laura Hussey "I know what you're thinking, when can I have one? Once the babies are old enough, they'll be spayed and neutered and put up for adoption through Underdogs animal rescue. Mama Holly will be looking for a home too."