SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Pets Alive is currently caring for a litter of 5-day-old puppies after they were run over by a commercial lawn mower.
Sadly, their mom died at the scene.
According to San Antonio Pets Alive (SAPA!), the incident happened Jan. 3 while the puppies and their mom were apparently sheltering from the elements in a wooded area. The commercial mower was cutting grass in the area and tragically hit them.
The puppies were transported to the city shelter, "hungry, cold, and hurt", SAPA! said in a statement. Five of the nine puppies suffered lacerations and degloved paws from the mower.
Three fosters from SAPA! have since stepped in to help care for the puppies.
The shelter reported that two of the five wounded puppies have now passed away. The others are being cared for and fed around the clock by their fosters and are doing well under the circumstances. "They are receiving an abundance of love and care as they fight through their cuts and the tragedy of losing their mom," SAPA! continued in its statement.
The puppies are taking medication based on their injuries and will be visiting SAPA!’s Medical Care Center frequently to get their vaccinations and medications.
"I am extremely saddened to hear how these puppies came into our care," said Rebecca Mayberry, San Antonio Pets Alive! Executive Director. SAPA! is now asking the community to consider making a donation "to support these fragile pups and help them have a fighting chance."
If you are interested in helping these puppies, you can donate at sanantoniopetsalive.org.
SAPA! says it has saved 57 animal lives during the first five days of the New Year.