A Lincoln dog rescue needs help after a heavily pregnant Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog in their care give birth to 11 puppies.
The staffie, called Roxy, was rescued by Bullies In Need (BIN) on what they thought would be a routine dog assessment.
Already mother to three litters of pups after being used as a “money making machine” by her owners, she has now given birth to her fourth — and hopefully last — litter.
Roxy has previously been passed around to different families after initially living on the streets, each of which allowed her to become pregnant.
With each litter her health deteriorated to the point where now, after giving birth to eleven puppies, she is severely underweight and at risk of health issues such as being unable to produce enough milk to feed her pups. After undergoing so many pregnancies Roxy is now at risk of prolapse, pyometra, eclampsia, chafing and soreness.
Luckily, BIN volunteers were able to find her a foster home and within hours of being re-homed her new foster household swelled to include the newborn puppies.
BINS volunteer Sally Turzanski said: “If BIN volunteers hadn’t happened to see Roxy, then her and her puppies lives would have been at risk and the puppies who lived would have been sold purely for profit.”
Since being rescued, Roxy has had someone by her side every minute of the day to ensure she maintains her health.
However, she cannot care for her puppies on her own. Due to being undernourished a care team have had to provide the puppies with milk every few hours, and provide both Roxy and her pups with home cooked meals to aid her recovery.
Roxy and her puppies will be spayed and neutered in the next six months to ensure Roxy’s puppies will not repeat the life of their mother. This will mean that people will be unable to breed them for profit.
The volunteers at BIN have been able to break this cycle of abuse but are reaching out to for donations to support Roxy and her puppies due to the cost of monitoring eleven puppies.
Funds will go towards their Amazon wish list which includes a set of weighing scales to monitor the weight of the newborn pups, collars and leashes as well covering health costs such as Roxy’s spaying, vaccinations, worming and fleaing for all twelve dogs.
BINS volunteer Sally Turzanski said: “Every time someone shows Roxy and the Pups kindness it truly means the world to all the care team. We have been overwhelmed with people in a great way.”
If you would like to help Roxy and the puppies, you can either donate using PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can keep up to date on the puppies and their mother by liking their Facebook page.