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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.

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

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

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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.

Comments

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

She's a very good mother.


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

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


Awwwww
Registered user
Fairmeadow
on Jun 11, 2018 at 10:47 am
Awwwww, Fairmeadow
Registered user
on Jun 11, 2018 at 10:47 am
21 people like this

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


King James
Menlo Park
on Jun 11, 2018 at 11:08 am
King James, Menlo Park
on Jun 11, 2018 at 11:08 am
25 people like this

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


QueenCeleste
Stanford
on Jun 11, 2018 at 3:26 pm
QueenCeleste, Stanford
on Jun 11, 2018 at 3:26 pm
14 people like this

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.


Good Dog Mama
Barron Park
on Jun 12, 2018 at 2:06 am
Good Dog Mama, Barron Park
on Jun 12, 2018 at 2:06 am
2 people like this

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?


A Human
Barron Park
on Jun 12, 2018 at 7:26 am
A Human, Barron Park
on Jun 12, 2018 at 7:26 am
7 people like this

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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