Dog Chained To Animal Shelter’s Fence Had A Big Surprise For Rescuers

Dog Chained To Animal Shelter’s Fence Had A Big Surprise For Rescuers

Dog Chained To Animal Shelter’s Fence Had A Big Surprise For Rescuers


Dr. Michael White, director of the Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas, was in complete and utter shock one morning when he turned on the morning news. He saw reporter Janelle Bludau from the KHOU 11 News Team, standing outside his shelter’s gate.

Dog Chained To Animal Shelter’s Fence Had A Big Surprise For Rescuers
Twitter/Janelle Bludau

Apparently, Bludau was reporting on a Lab Mix dog that had been left chained to the animal shelter’s fence. Bludau informed the audience watching that she wasn’t going to leave the dog until someone arrived at the shelter. As might be expected , Dr. White immediately raced to the scene.

The dog that had been tied up was very friendly. She was wagging her tail as the news crew approached her.

As soon as Dr. White arrived on the scene, he took the dog in for a routine exam. They were all shocked to discover that she was actually very pregnant with a large litter of puppies who were due at any moment. She was so pregnant that her round belly was hitting the floor!

Dog Chained To Animal Shelter’s Fence Had A Big Surprise For Rescuers
Harris County Animal Shelter

Dr. White then made the call to bring her home with him in order to keep an eye on her until she delivered her puppies.

“I decided I wasn’t going to leave her there any longer, and I took her home,” White said. “I didn’t want her to stay up there in that condition. I hate for animals to give birth in a shelter situation.”

After taking her home, Dr. White named the abandoned dog Janelle in honor of the news reporter who refused to leave her side.

Dog Chained To Animal Shelter’s Fence Had A Big Surprise For Rescuers
Harris County Animal Shelter

Janelle settled in, showing her appreciation for her foster parents with lots of cuddles. And as everyone already anticipated, it was a short a few days after arriving at Dr. White’s, that Janelle began exhibiting signs of distress – indicating she was going to be going into labor.

When he saw the first contraction around 8:50 p.m., he quickly realized that he and his wife were going to have a long night.

“My wife and I stayed up with her all night assisting in each delivery,” White said.

Dog Chained To Animal Shelter’s Fence Had A Big Surprise For Rescuers
Harris County Animal Shelter

“At 3:36 a.m., [puppy] number 10 was born, and we thought that was it, but number 11 was born at 6:05 a.m. It was a long night for me, my wife and Janelle.”

Everything went well and Dr. White was able to happily report that Janelle and the puppies are doing well.

Janelle is a great mom and she keeps a very clean “den” for her babies. For now, they will stay with Janelle until she’s done weaning them, but then after they’ll be up for adoption.

Dog Chained To Animal Shelter’s Fence Had A Big Surprise For Rescuers
Harris County Animal Shelter
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