An Idaho couple now have nine new puppies after they saved a pregnant dog who had been shot and left to die on the side of a highway.
Beth Stenberg spotted a brown and white Border Collie lying in the grass by the side of Interstate 15 and soon realized that the dog had been shot.
Two Idaho State Police troopers then helped Stenberg bring the injured dog to the vet, where the woman learned the canine was pregnant, The Idaho State Journal reports.
1. Sis, a pregnant Border Collie, was shot and left to die along Interstate 15 in Pocatello, Idaho.
In the X-ray there were all these little spines.
Also visible were shards from a bullet throughout the dog’s back and shoulders.
Veterinarian Jamie Rantala proceeded to treat the dog’s wounds and decided that most of the shrapnel would have to be left in place. Drains were put in place to cure the infection and antibiotics were administered. Rantala said:
She was pregnant, which compounded her recovery.
2. Beth Stenberg saw the brown and white Border Collie lying in the grass on the side of Interstate 15 and realized it had been shot.
The 2-year-old dog, now named Sis, was due to give birth to nine puppies in about two weeks. But Rantala was struck by something else about the canine — her demeanor. She said:
For the extent of her injuries she never once tried to nip at us. She seemed to have an understanding that we were there to help her. She was a sweetheart from the get-go.
Rantala found that Sis had been shot within 24 hours of Stenberg finding her. She added that the round used was probably a varmint load of some kind, which explains why the projectile fragmented to such an extent.
Stenberg brought the pregnant canine to her home on Preakness Circle where Sis gave birth to four male and five female puppies who are all healthy and thriving and have become play pals to Stenberg’s other Border Collie, a male named Buddy whom they rescued seven years ago.
3. Two Idaho State Police troopers helped her bring the dog to the vet, where Stenberg learned that Sis was pregnant.
Stenberg has shared photos and a story about Sis’ rescue on her Facebook page. The news quickly went viral and soon the Stenberg family was receiving donations of pet supplies and cash from people all over the U.S.
Stenberg has also been able to place most of the newborn puppies, once they are old enough to be on their own. She said:
People want to know what’s going on. It was absolutely amazing. I had been feeling a little disenchanted with the human race, and this changed that.
Though things have been a bit hectic at the Stenberg household with the arrival of nine little puppies, to go along with two adult dogs and two cats, Stenberg said she feels blessed:
The day before I rescued Sis, I got a call from my doctor telling me I had to have a biopsy. I think the good Lord made it so I’d have something else to worry about.
4. Stenberg and her husband Mark took the dog home, where she gave birth to four male and five female puppies.
Source: The Idaho State Journal.
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