Traveling Dog Lady: Additional update on the Sturbridge dogs #HappyValentinesDay

Friday, February 14, 2014

Additional update on the Sturbridge dogs #HappyValentinesDay

Second Chance Animal Shelter in East Brookfield has announced that ALL of the puppies who were dumped at Westville Lake in Sturbridge have gone to their adoptive homes!!!  Yay!!!

The mama and papa dogs are still under Second Chance's care, as they both still have medical issues, but their adoptive homes are all set up and as soon as they are well they will each go to their new homes.

Here's a copy 'n' paste of the story from today's Second Chance newsletter (and if you missed the original story, it's at the very bottom of the copy 'n' paste:

We always love happy endings but the golden story has an extra special meaning to us.  These dogs were left in the frigid cold and now are on their way to new lives! 

Left out in the cold.....
and now on their way home!
We are very pleased to say that the puppies from this story have all gone to new homes!  The mom and dad are still with us as they undergo further care.  Mom has put on over 10 pounds since she came to us!  Dad had frostbite but is being treated for it.  Both mom and dad have homes waiting for them as soon as they can be released!  Thank you to everyone that responded to help these dogs.  Below are the pictures of the pups going home with their new families!


We will keep everyone posted on our Facebook page at 

 This was their story........
It's hard to believe in this subzero cold that someone would do this, but they did. They left a family of retrievers in a wooded area. There are two adults and 3 puppies. The female adult is emaciated, the male adult is suffering hair loss and skin issues. The puppies are loaded with worms and ALL of them were loaded with fleas.

Luckily the police in Sturbridge got these dogs to safety and called Second Chance to help. Second Chance has taken these dogs in and provide emergency medical treatment to rid them of the flea infestation and worms. More treatments will be needed to help with the skin issues and sores, get them all spayed/neutered and vaccinated, and address any other medical concerns that are found.
The shelter already has homes ready to take these dogs once they are ready for adoption. This may be weeks for some of them because of the skin issues. The female adult will need time to put some weight on too.

Please help support the efforts of the shelter to get these dogs ready to go to their forever homes! It is very sad how someone could be so cruel as to leave these dogs out in a wooded park in these temperatures. The freezing temperatures and other dangers could have cost these dogs their lives. There is no excuse to abandon pets. All donations are tax deductible and every donation will be used for these dogs and for other pets as well. So many have come through our doors lately in tough shape. Thank you for your support!
This was the mom when she came in, severely underweight.


  1. So glad to see the pups have homes! Hopefully mom and dad are not far behind!

    1. We got word yesterday, after I wrote this, that mama and papa dogs both went to their forever homes yesterday afternoon! Yay!! And, we received an update on one of the little pups this morning, who is settling right in with his new family. Such a wonderfully happy ending of what could have been a tragedy. :)


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