A heavily pregnant dog who was abandoned on the streets is now raising four healthy puppies after Blue Cross stepped in to help her.
Poor Florence, who is not much more than a year old herself, had found herself all alone in the dog pound after being picked up as a stray when she was days away from giving birth.
The young Chihuahua arrived at the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Thirsk just in time, on the very last day it was safe for her to travel due to the risk of her going into labour.
She was placed in a special custom-built kennel for expectant mums where we could monitor her round-the-clock and provide all the care, comfort and support she needed.
So when she ran into difficulties during labour, Florence knew she was not alone.
“During the birth, Florence became completely exhausted and started to fall asleep. One of the puppies, Iris, had become stuck, and Florence needed to be rushed to the vets where she had an emergency caesarean,” explained Megan Duce, Animal Welfare Assistant at Thirsk.
The caesarean was a success and brave Florence gave birth to four daughters, Iris, Rose, Daisy and Jasmin, and a son called Clover, on 20 March.