A stray dog that was picked up by a local nonprofit animal shelter led her rescuers on a two-mile adventure to save her 10 puppies. The dog, named Betty Boop by the rescue, kept escaping to feed her litter before shelter staff tagged along, saving the pups along the way.
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As reported by the Daily Mail, Betty had been abandoned by her owners. Left in the country, she would walk for miles to reach the town to find food to support herself and her puppies, whom she gave birth to in an abandoned barn.
After Betty made a few appearances in town, Krystle Woodward of the Pinky Paws ResQ in Fowler, California, decided it was time to do something.
“She would walk two miles from county limits into town to scavenge for her pups during the day,” said Woodward. “Then she would head back miles before dark to feed her pups.”
Woodward and her husband’s first attempt to trap the stray led to Betty escaping. The second attempt was successful, allowing them to take the dog to a vet. It was then that the couple found out that the dog had recently given birth and was still nursing.
“I cried all night thinking about those puppies out there,” Woodward said.
The next day, Woodward and her husband took Betty out, hoping she would lead them to the location of her litter. Woodward said, “We took her out and I played puppies crying on my phone.” The hope was that the sound would encourage Betty to seek out her puppies.
Betty led them on a multiple mile journey, bringing her rescuers to an abandoned farm that was two miles from where the dog was originally trapped.
“She cried and started leading me two miles out in the country then as we got closer she slowed down. She took me down the vineyards to an abandoned farm house.”
At the end of the journey, Woodward and her husband were introduced to Betty’s 10 puppies. Woodward said, “[Betty] trusted me to show me where her 10 puppies were found. This is truly a miracle to me.”