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Posted on Sat. Jan. 19, 2013 - 12:01 am EDT

Quick work saves mother dog and unborn pups

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Quick action recently helped save a mother dog and four of her puppies.

H.O.P.E. for Animals received a call Jan. 11 saying a mother pit bull had given birth to four puppies, but she wasn't able to give birth to the rest of her litter and needed an immediate C-section, the nonprofit spay-neuter and animal-care organization said in a news release.

The family didn't have money to pay a big vet bill, but the veterinarian they took their dog to initially thought to refer them to H.O.P.E. for Animals, the news release said.

“Normally, we do not handle this type of medical issue, but, because of the life and death circumstances, we chose to do the surgery,” said Katie Policinski, H.O.P.E. for Animals' public outreach coordinator.

When the family arrived, the mother dog had a large, swollen belly, the news release said. Veterinary staff worked to get her prepped for surgery and to take care of the four puppies which already had been born.

One of the center's vets, Dr. Carol Fretz, then successfully performed the C-section to remove the four remaining puppies stuck in the mother, the news release said.

In addition, H.O.P.E. for Animals was able to spay the mother through the Snip-by-Zip 46806 program sponsored by PetSmart Charities, the news release said. Anyone who lives in 46806 zip code in Fort Wayne and who has a pit bull is eligible to have their dog spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped, and to receive city registration, all for $5.

In this case, the owners also received certificates for all eight puppies to receive the same services after they reach 4 months old.

To find out more about the Snip-by-Zip 46806 program, call 420-7729, or look for H.O.P.E. for Animals on Facebook or at

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