After Rescuers Took In This Broken Mama Dog, She Led Them On A Desperate Search To Find Her Babies

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When rescuers found Vera the dog wandering around a local market, she had obviously seen better days. Not only was she emaciated, but she appeared to have a broken leg. In addition, however, she was hiding a huge secret. And her story would go to show that a mother’s love knows no bounds.

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In January 2017, Lianne Powell was out running errands in the Spanish town of Vera. It was a Saturday afternoon, so the psychologist decided to visit the town’s market place. However, her carefree shopping spree soon took a more serious turn.

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For on that day, Powell came across a stray dog. Moreover, the greyhound was severely malnourished. Indeed, Powell could even see the bones in dog’s spine, ribs and hips. And, on top of everything, the canine appeared to have an injured leg.

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Naturally, the harrowing sight broke Powell’s heart. So, the good Samaritan decided that she would help the dog. And she knew who she could count on: her friend Ellen Sobry, a local vet.

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So, after capturing the dog, Powell took her straight to Sobry’s clinic. Once there, vets confirmed the poor pooch had suffered a broken leg. Then, Sobry’s team noticed something else. The malnourished dog was producing milk.

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Sobry believed that the stray had recently given birth to a litter. But where were the puppies now? It was likely the dogs were too young to fend for themselves, so the vet launched an urgent search-and-rescue mission.

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Sobry and Powell named the dog Vera. And once they had her leg stabilized, the group returned to the spot where Powell found her. What happened next was simply incredible: a determined Vera began to lead the two women away from the market.

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At first, the women weren’t sure if Vera had an end place in sight. Powell and Sobry looked on in amazement as the injured pooch limped along dirt tracks and open fields. But after a while, it became clear that the dog knew exactly where her little ones were.

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“She had a broken leg, was bleeding from the back end and I saw she had milk, so I thought, ‘Well where are the puppies?’” Sobry recalled in January 2017. “We put a collar and long lead on her and took her back to the market. Then we just followed her for about (1.8 miles) – she knew where she was going.”

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Then, after they’d covered almost two miles of land, Vera was reunited with her puppies. “She led us to them, it was incredible. I couldn’t believe what I saw,” Sobry added.

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Vera had led the women into the countryside outside of town, where they found an abandoned car. The vehicle’s back windows were missing and had been covered up with cardboard. Nevertheless, it was here, in this makeshift den, that the rescuers found ten little puppies.

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“There in the back were ten beautiful, fat little healthy puppies,” Powell explained. “Needless to say there were tears all round. In the state she was in, the fact she managed to fend for herself and care for ten pups is nothing short of astonishing.”

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Sobry and Powell transported Vera and her adorable litter back to the clinic. The tired mom was going to need to recover fully before she’d be able to go up for adoption. So, in the meantime, the veterinarian contacted Ibizan Hound Rescue, which works to find strays homes.

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In fact, the non-profit organization specializes in the rescue and re-homing of Spanish hunting dogs. In Spain, greyhounds are often dumped on the streets at the end of the hunting season. During winter, owners sadly often deem the dogs useless.

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Indeed, some estimates put the number of greyhounds abandoned each year at 50,000. In some cases, owners have even been known to slaughter the dogs once they have served their use. So, in some respects, Vera and her pups had escaped a potentially awful fate.

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Thankfully, the dogs were now in the best possible hands and their futures looked a lot brighter. “Vera and her puppies are doing fantastic and they are all healthy,” Sobry explained. “Her broken leg was fresh, but we don’t really know what happened, she could have been hit by a car but she had no other wounds, maybe someone kicked her but we just don’t know – it was a clean break.”

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“Now she is recovering great,” the vet added. “The only thing she has to worry about now is eating, feeding her puppies and sleeping. She’s a little bit timid, but she’s not too scared.” And Vera’s fans, naturally, welcomed the positive news.

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Indeed, Vera’s display of motherly devotion seemed to have touched hearts across the world. A video of her puppies’ rescue, for example, has since received 1,000 reactions on Facebook. Moreover, her heartwarming story has been picked up by new outlets across Europe.

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In late January 2017, Ibizan Hound Rescue posted another update about Vera and her pups. Writing on Facebook, the shelter revealed that Vera was a loving mom to six girl pups and four boys. And, they were pleased to announce, all of them were “doing well.”

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So, with any luck, it won’t take long for Vera and her puppies to get adopted. At this point it’s unknown if the shelter will make efforts to keep some of them together. But, no matter what happens, their story is one that shows just how strong a mother’s bond can be.

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