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Malnourished dog and her eight puppies rescued by Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Posted at 11:19 AM, Feb 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-02 13:51:20-05

TAMPA, Fla. — When the Humane Society of Tampa Bay received a call about a thin, frail dog in a field they immediately went to work.

The Community Outreach Manager Darlene Esposito and two other staff members, Crystal Lufriu and Dana Johnson, couldn't find the dog when they first went to the field on Hanna Avenue.

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Malnourished dog and her eight puppies rescued by Humane Society

They kept looking and found a shed deep into the field. When they approached it they heard crying. Esposito found a hole underneath the locked shed and the rescuers made their way under it, following the cries.

Esposito, Lufrui, the Lead Kennel Attendant, and Johnson, the Foster Care Coordinator, found the source of the crying — eight puppies!

They worked together to get all of the 14-day-old puppies out and immediately brought them back to their medical suite to be assessed. Luckily, they were all found to be in good condition.

But, the weren't done yet. Where was the puppies mother?

Esposito went back to the field the same night and set a trap to catch her. The next morning, she was there.

She was malnourished and in need of immediate care. They brought her back and reunited her with her babies.

The mother is now named Winter, and she is getting all the medical attention she needs. The babies are named Wanda, Wilbur, Whoopi, Waldo, Wren, Willa, Wade and Winnie.

The Humane Society says all the dogs are doing well and they're working on coordinating a foster home so the whole family can stay together.