Law enforcement agencies in Detroit and Tulsa have made two Christmas miracles for animal lovers after rescuing separate litters of abandoned puppies for Christmas.
Detroit police announced that officers rescued two puppies hiding within a mattress spring in an abandoned house the day after Christmas.
According to the department, the malnourished mother was foraging for food outside for her two puppies, one of whom had its neck tied up in the mattress springs, all the while outside temperatures were dropping to freezing levels.
Detroit officers H. Kourani and G. Rogers were initially called to the area due to reports about a “vicious” dog.
Kourani told Fox News that the dog they found was not vicious, but was friendly and noticeably underweight. They also noted that the dog had recently given birth.
“Their stomachs and their mammary glands get very swollen and enlarged because they’re filled with their milk for their puppies,” Rogers said. “So it was something I immediately recognized.”
The officers first began feeding the mother treats to gain her trust. After about thirty minutes, the hungry mother was on good terms with them and let them enter the house.
Rogers, who has had experience volunteering for animal shelters, explained how she keeps dog treats in the police car just in case they encounter these situations.
“I generally always keep bags of dog treats in my car and our police car, so I kind of just worked my way up on the porch, getting closer and closer with the treats,” she said. “And she was obviously very hungry. So she was taking them from me, and she finally was taking them out of my hand after about 30 minutes of me trying to get through to her. And after that, she started to trust us a little bit more.”
After entering the home, the officers soon discovered a small brown puppy on top of an old mattress and located his brother immediately thereafter. The brother, however, had a spring coiled around its neck, and without plyers, Roger had to use all the strength in her hands.
“I just used all my force to break it off his neck,” Rogers explained. “He did whimper a little bit once I got it off, but I think that was a sense of relief.”
According to the veterinarian they took the puppies to, the dogs would not have survived the night if they hadn’t been picked up by the officers.
“Whether it’s an animal life or human life, we’re always going to do our best to try to protect and preserve it as much as possible,” Kourani said.
Theresa Sumpter, the executive director of the nonprofit Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, named the mother Jingles – an appropriate Christmas name. She said the puppies were likely two to three weeks old and will stay with the mother until they are well-socialized and grown. Afterwards, they will be put up for adoption.
In true Christmas spirit, a fundraiser for the dogs was set up right away and accumulated more than $1,000 in donations.
But that wasn’t the only Christmas miracle to take place for abandoned puppies. Just hours before the Detroit rescue on Christmas night, Tulsa police officers rescued a litter of puppies from a duffel bag dropped outside a QuikTrip convenience store.
Tulsa police posted about the rescue on Facebook. There were five puppies in total – four were adopted by Tulsa officers, and the fifth went home with the QuikTrip employee who contacted the police.
“Overwhelmed with Christmas feelings, 4 of the officers immediately adopted 4 of the puppies and the 5th went home with the QT employee. Big thanks to the cute pups, awesome officers and QT employee,” the post read.