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I was just contacted about this family. Mom is listed as a pure bred and has 3 week old puppies. THis is the same shelter that had to put down some dogs due to a parvo outbreak a coupld of weeks ago. I do not have pictures yet but will post as soon as I get them. THis shelter is no place for a new mom and those babies.
 

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Re: Emergency-Mom and pups Mercer Co WV

Are they in the shelter right now or not yet?


If there was a parvo outbreak a couple of weeks ago then the parvo virus is still in the shelter and that means that they have been exposed to it and with them being so young there is not a strong possibility that they will last long there as parvo is HIGHLY contagious so its going to be hard to find someone to take them. The parvo virus can stay in a shelter for 6-9 monthst and even longer if things aren't sanitized correctly.
 

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Re: Emergency-Mom and pups Mercer Co WV

Yes I know-I am trying to find out when they came in and get some pictures. We still have to try to find a place for them to go.
 

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Re: Emergency-Mom and pups Mercer Co WV

Thank you Pat-you are genius with that. They are certainly beautiful
 

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brown puppies and one blonde? lol i wonder what the puppies mix is?
 

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Do you know how big Mommy is? I only ask because sometimes I find pics to be deceiving. (i.e. a female WGSD who I rescued from Carroll County a few weeks ago who looked PB in her pic but turned out to be 35 pounds when she arrived here).

I have a transporter in the Pittsburgh area who could get them to me but I'm not sure if there is someone closer to the shelter who could get them closer to Pittsburgh. Obviously the sooner the better for the puppies.
 

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Yes, they are unusual colors! Let's just hope they have the opportunity to grow up so we can see just what they're mixed with!! This is a newly built shelter and the runs are all concrete and metal. So if there was a case (or cases) of parvo it can be disinfected thoroughly to kill the virus to prevent future contamination of other dogs.
Maybe two weeks boarding of mom and pups at the vets to observe them would be best, but pretty expensive, no doubt.
 

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Re: Emergency-Mom and pups Mercer Co WV

Obviously-thanks Aeroforz 1. Probably ForRuger can answer beter than I can for how big the Mom is. But I am sure we can help organize transport if you are interested in helping her-of course we are concerned about her and the pups as well in that environment.
 

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At this point the puppies probably have good maternal antibodies and are at low risk of parvo; even in the most contaminated shelters, we rarely see parvo in puppies under 6 weeks, especially if they're with mom. But all that will change very very soon as they get older and start weaning so they need to get out ASAP.

In addition - and this has nothing to do with this particular shelter, just in general - it has been my observation in shelters that puppies in the 4-6 week range are at very high risk of death from malnourishment and hypothermia simply because the shelters are not set up to offer them age-appropriate food and keep them clean and dry once mom stops being able to provide for all their needs by herself.

If anyone is interested in these babies, now is probably the best and safest time to pull them.
 

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I haven't been to this shelter for a while so haven't seen Mom first hand, but in looking at her in comparison to the size of the runs she looks like a good sized shepherd. However, I DO have to go to Mercer County tomorrow and can check her out and let you know first hand on her exact size!!
YES, that 's SO very nice of you Aeroforz1 to offer to help this mom and babies and we will try every way we can to help with getting her and pups headed in your direction if all works out for you to take them!!! I have emailed our friend with the Mercer Humane SOciety to see if she can offer any suggestions with ideas for helping with transporting .... THey definatley need to get out of that shelter asap... irregardless of how well they can disenfect, it's no place for those babies!!!
 

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Re: Emergency-Mom and pups Mercer Co WV

OK guys, correction-I have been informed they didn't have a parvo outbreak. Just 2 cases that they were able to deal with. Sorry for the miscommunication. These guys still need help.
 

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I called Lisa at that shelter to ask the status of the mom and pups. All are still there... mom is coming down with KC and the euth.techs asked Lisa a few days ago if the pups could be weaned as they were going to euthanize mom. She told them "NO" the pups couldn't be weaned yet, but as of today mom is on borrowed time as they are wanting to put her down because of her kennel cough!!! and i imagine if pups can't be weaned they'll go too. I begged her not to let anything happen to mom and/or pups but in this shelter there is no guarantee even if they say they will hang onto them. SO, as of now they are in eminent(spellcheck??) danger. We're trying to find options to help with transport if Aerforz 1 is able to take them.... Anyone available to help with midweek transport IF that was an option??
 

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Mom is gorgeous and the pups are adorable! They look like little lab x gsds. Should be easy to adopt out with that combo!
 

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How horrible, death because of kennel cough! This would have been the fate of my current foster if she hadn't been pulled.


I don't have much $ to spare, but if $20 would help with boarding until transport can be set up...

~Kristin
 

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I'm going to put out an email for this family to see if we can get emergency pulling and transport help to save this family.

Short of that if we can get sponsorships to get them to vetting and boarding until Saturday I'm sure we can figure out transport by then. Can you give me the information on where to send donations to get them boarded and get mama some meds for her kennel cough.
 
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