In Mobile, Alabama, a large litter of Labrador mix puppies born under a vacant building were rescued on Memorial Day.
Toddie Grier alerted volunteers of SouthBARK Animal Rescue about two stray dogs living in the crawl space of the building behind Springhill Medical Center. Through a Facebook post, she reported that a construction foreman had threatened to seal the dogs in alive. Apparently, the foreman also threw mothballs and flea bombs into the area underneath the office building to drive the dogs out.
Grier was made aware of the situation by homeless veteran, John Hagar, who spends his entire disability check taking care of homeless animals. He had been caring for the terrified dogs as best he could and asked for her help after hearing the foreman’s threat.
Eleven volunteers arrived in the area – it was already dark and raining. They soon discovered that, aside from the two dogs, there was also an injured male dog and eleven Labrador mix puppies.
Sadly, the volunteers were not able to rescue the entire dog family immediately. They got most of the puppies out, but had no option but to leave the male adult dog, mother dog, and two puppies behind. The poor animals were just too afraid to leave.
Without the mother dog the pups had to be bottle-fed. Tammy Turner, one of the SouthBARK volunteers, took in some of the puppies.
“We tried for three hours but couldn’t get the mama to come out,” said Turner. “We ultimately had to decide to leave without her.”
Turner got an undertaking from Amber Martenstein, the facilities manager of the Springhill Medical Center that the remaining dogs would be safe. Martenstein also agreed that the rescuers could return and set a live trap for them.
Despite these undertakings, the bowls of food the volunteers left for the remaining dogs were tossed out of the property.
SouthBARK volunteers continued to observe the area for two weeks and eventually realized that the dogs had moved to an area behind a vacant hotel on the I-65 west service road.
Today, all the dogs and puppies are thriving and ready for their forever homes.
If you’re interested in adopting one of the pups, the organization’s adoption form is available at form.jotform.us/form/50296064689163.