Mutt's pizza theft leads to rescue of pups in East Palo Alto

Five puppies are still available for adoption, according to Humane Society

Things are looking up for six homeless newborn puppies and their mother who were found in East Palo Alto in April, thanks to members of the public and a San Mateo animal shelter.

The saga began when a stray, starving mutt stole a slice of pepperoni pizza from a man and his friends in East Palo Alto April 17, according to Buffy Martin Tarbox, a spokeswoman for the Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA.

The man called the Humane Society, which sent rescue staffers who determined that the small, hungry female terrier mix had just given birth. Then the dog led them to a nest with six tiny, week-old puppies, Tarbox said.

"The mother dog was malnourished, and if we hadn't found her, it's unlikely she and her pups would have survived," Tarbox said in an interview. "This poor little dog was struggling to survive on her own, eating whatever scraps of food she could find and trying to take care of her babies."

The mother was not microchipped, nor did anyone come forward to claim her, so Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA found a temporary foster home for the mom and her brood.

Given the recent excitement over the British royal wedding, related monikers were bestowed on the canine family members: William, Harry, Duchess Kate, Lady Di, Charlotte and Meghan.

The mother, appropriately enough, was named Queen Elizabeth.

The now-two-month-old pups have been weaned and one has already been adopted, as has Queen Elizabeth, Tarbox said.

People interested in meeting the puppies can visit the shelter at 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, or call at 650-340-7022.


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29 people like this
Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 11, 2018 at 8:03 am

She's a very good mother.

22 people like this
Posted by Hoping for a happy ending.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 11, 2018 at 10:46 am

Hoping for a happy ending. is a registered user.

Glad this sweet little family has been rescued! I hope good homes are found for them.

21 people like this
Posted by Awwwww
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 11, 2018 at 10:47 am

Awwwww is a registered user.

Great story! So nice the mom has already been adopted!

25 people like this
Posted by King James
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 11, 2018 at 11:08 am

Queen Elizabeth -- you're a brave, loving mom. May the rest of your days be filled with happiness and love.

14 people like this
Posted by QueenCeleste
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 11, 2018 at 3:26 pm

A big thank you to the man who called the humane society. And to the lucky person
adopting mama dog. All animal stories should have such happy endings.

2 people like this
Posted by Good Dog Mama
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 12, 2018 at 2:06 am

Whoever took that cute photo with Queen Elizabeth, nice job!

The pups are so cute. Is there any way to know how big they will grow from what they look like now?

7 people like this
Posted by A Human
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 12, 2018 at 7:26 am

Nice story and rescue. Now if we can all be so compassionate towards humans in this sort of situation the world would be so much of a better place.

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