When construction workers found a dirty and emaciated German Shepherd lying under heavy debris following a severe monsoon, they quickly jumped into action to save the scared pup. But she wasn’t alone.
Under the debris, they also discovered her litter of newborn puppies! With help from Saving Paws Rescue, the workers dug her out by hand to prevent the structure from collapsing.
The dog, named Stormy by the rescuers, and her puppies were taken to the rescue center where they began their long road to recovery.
Stormy was in terrible shape. Aside from being severely emaciated, she was also anemia, had wires embedded deep in her fur and skin, a prolapsed uterus, advanced heart worm disease, and a stomach full of gravel, which she probably ate because she was starving.
They immediately started treatment for all of Stormy’s problems, and slowly but surely she began to recover.
She had a 25 percent chance of survival, but defied the odds. She is now officially heart worm free!
Stormy is one tough mama! Call it a miracle, or a mother’s love, but her strength and resiliency to survive was incredible.
Because of everything she overcame, she is the 2016 recipient of the Animal Survivor Award, bestowed by the FACC Hero Awards! Stormy will be going to her forever home once medically cleared!
Watch the resilient mama play with one of her puppies, Koa, in the video below:
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