When I have a litter due, especially with a new mother, I am there. Sometimes, I have to break the sack and rub the puppy until it squeaks and the bitch will take over. I keep her separated and safe from the other dogs. I do not bring people in to witness the miracle of birth. I am there helping with her, saying "push it out, push it out."
It sounds like this poor bitch was teamed up with some inexperienced owners who did not know how to create a den for her, reassure her, take an active part if necessary. Now both bitch and pups will suffer from their lack of doing what they should have.
Just because the pet dogs had milk and pups, does not mean they were still spewing cholostrum. That is extremely important. They should have muzzled the bitch and put the pups on her at least for 24 hours, they should have done this every 2-3 hours. Also they should have cleaned the pups and helped them urinate and defecate. Chances are the bitch would have come to herself and taken care of the pups, but if not, the pups would have gotten the immunity of having that cholostrum.
This is a terrible situation.
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