FREEPORT — Alaqua Animal Refuge has taken in six puppies and their mother that were found abandoned in a crib with barbed wire in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, last week.
Alaqua founder Laurie Hood said the 4- or 5-week-old puppies were discovered when family members went to the home of a recently deceased man and found the dogs in a makeshift crib.
“It was big enough to where Sadie (the mother dog) could get in and out, but her puppies were stuck inside,” Hood said. “(The puppies) were not in critical condition, but they were covered in fleas and had some skin issues, and were full of worms and parasites.”
The family members who discovered the dogs immediately drove them to Alaqua, and Hood said her team has been working to nurse them back to health.
Upon further examination of Sadie, veterinarians discovered she had been shot multiple times in the head with what was likely a pellet gun. She also had an untreated jaw wound that had healed on its own but was still likely causing her a great deal of pain.
“I just can’t even imagine how much she suffered,” Hood said. “But she is absolutely the sweetest dog we’ve ever encountered. It shows how much forgiveness they have for the human race. She’s such a sweet animal.”
Hood said the puppies will be ready for adoption in about six weeks, but Sadie probably won’t be ready for 10 weeks because of her malnourishment and wounds.
Sadie is a Jack Russel-border collie mix. As for her puppies, Hood has no idea what breed they are.
“They are all different colors,” she said. “Some are brindled, some have round ears, some are floppy. They are Heinz 57 for sure — can’t even guess. But they’re all really cute.”