Good Samaritans rescue dog in labor on side of Pennsylvania road

Good Samaritans rescue dog in labor on side of Pennsylvania road

A boxer found on the side of a Pennsylvania road gave birth to a litter of seven puppies.

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman and her daughter came to the rescue of a pregnant dog that was delivering a litter of puppies on the side of the road, according to an animal shelter in Lancaster County.

Bryan Langlois, the co-founder and medical director of Pet Pantry of Lancaster, said the boxer had already delivered four puppies when the two women found the dogs Thursday around 8 p.m., WPMT reported.

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The women called the police, and a West Hempfield Township officers took the dogs to Pet Pantry, the television station reported. As the officer was driving to the shelter, the boxer gave birth to a fifth puppy in the back of the squad car, Langlois told WPMT.

Once at the shelter, the dog gave birth to four more puppies, the television station reported. One of those was stillborn, and a second puppy did not survive overnight, Langlois said.

Langlois told WPMT the total litter of surviving puppies included five males and two females. He said the dogs are doing well.

"Mom is a champ," Langlois said in a news release. "She knows just what to do, and that makes our job a whole lot easier here."

The mother dog and her puppies will be sent to a foster home after they clear a medical examination, Langlois told WPMT. The puppies will not be available for adoption for at least two months, Langlois said.