Animal Shelter Rescues Litter Of Puppies From Underground Den

Puppies rescued from underground den

On Wednesday, employees with the Michigan Humane Society staged a wet and muddy rescue operation for 11 puppies who were in a tunnel-like den which had been dug by their mother in someone’s yard.

The situation was discovered after someone heard barking in a yard in Detroit – rescuers moved quickly to help, fearing that heavy rains in the forecast could endanger the puppies’ lives.

Armed with a shovel, and his own hands, a man named Chris got down on his hands and knees to reach the puppies inside of the deep hole. It took quite a bit of effort, but one by one, the squealing pups were pulled out of the deep den to safety.

The rescue operation was streamed live on the animal shelter’s Facebook page – suffice to say that the people watching were thrilled to see that the pups had been rescued and that they would be receiving care at the shelter.

Have no fear – the mother dog who dug her puppies a den was nearby, watching what was taking place and after a short time, she was trapped and taken to the shelter for care as well.

Great job Michigan Humane Society!

Find the shelter’s Facebook page here.

Watch the heartwarming rescue below.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.