Two Days After Amazing Dumpster Rescue, She Gives Birth To Seven Pups

Momma Mary and her new babies, Courtesy, RACC

From dumpster to delivery!

This weekend, an abandoned dog in Richmond, Virginia had her fate turned 180 degrees, and now the shelter is calling it a ‘Christmas miracle.’

Police received a tip that there was a dog trapped in a dumpster.  Upon arriving on the scene, they found that all of the doors were shut.  Officer Muller jumped INTO the dumpster to rescue the animal, and found a very pregnant pittie shivering in the cold.

She had been left there to die.

Momma Mary, Courtesy, Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center

The pittie, named “Momma Mary” by Richmond Animal Care and Control, was already dripping milk.  She was transported to Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center, and less than two days later, Mary was the proud mom to SEVEN squirming, hungry pups!

Said Christie Chipps Peters, Shelter Director,

“It’s a blessing all around because often times we don’t have a super win. We’ve had a super win.”

Officials believe the fortunate mom is about six years old, and that this wasn’t her first litter.  Momma Mary and her seven bundles of joy had many Secret Santas looking out for her: an anonymous tipster, a brave officer, caring shelter workers and great vet care, who all made for a joyous Noel!  If you’d like to foster the new family, and have a home with no other animals or you have the ability to isolate them from other pets, please email RACC’s foster coordinator at

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Lisa Blanck

Writing articles about animals for more than 22 years, she dove into the rescue world with the onset of Hurricane Katrina. As an outspoken advocate for animals, she's covered everything from paws to hooves, fins to feathers. She was the Orlando Animal Rescue and Worldwide Animal Issues Examiner for seven years. She's always thinking pawsitive, looking for ways to improve the lives of animals. She lives with one dog, one cat and one patient human. She welcomes your suggestions and is thrilled to be part of the family!


  1. Jay Talmage says:

    Thank you so much for saving this beautiful little family ! I PRAY THEY WILL ALL FIND GOOD HOMES !

  2. Bonnie Daut says:

    thank you for saving them, i will be praying for furever homes for all including mom <3

  3. Lisa Blanck says:


  4. JoAnne Holcombe says:

    So heartwarming…bless u all and Mama Mary and her babies..may they ALL find loving, LOYAL homes!!

  5. valrenee says:

    Her name could have been Miracle… everthing aligned to save this beautiful baby and her babies…I’m grateful for all who were involved in this most wonderful rescue and would foster myself if I didn’t have two rescues of my own…

  6. Pam Kramer says:

    Lovely article with a great ending! Lucky mama!

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