Updated Monday, Feb. 18, 2019:
Bobble, Scooter and Wobbles, three Chihuahua pups born with no front legs, have died, a local animal rescue organization says.
Two four-legged sisters — Babs and Betsy — were not feeding from their mom. She had a fist-sized cyst on a mammary gland that had burst from infection, said Mollie Doll, outreach director for Raleigh-based Cause for Paws of North Carolina, in an email message. The mom required surgery and was under a veterinarian technician’s care.
The special-needs puppies were profiled in a story in The News & Observer.
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It’s unclear whether that infection, possible internal congenital deformities, or a simple failure to thrive caused two of the puppies to die Friday morning, Doll said. The group announced Monday that the third two-legged puppy had also died.
Nicole Kincaid, Cause for Paws’ program director, has taken in the surviving pups and is nursing them with goat’s milk. Kincaid said those two puppies have “minor physical deformities.”
“I am grateful for the outpouring of support pulling for these tiny pups, and know that my sadness is shared by so many,” Kincaid said in an email statement. “Our rescue is not afraid to take on the hard medical cases — recognizing that imperfection is perfection. We looked past their physical problems and saw hope. However, the pups just had too much going against them to stay in this world very long.”
The five pups were from an accidental litter, Doll said.
“If anything good can come from this it is a strong message to spay and neuter,” Doll said. “The owner of these dogs did not intentionally have a litter — but keeping two unaltered animals apart in a home is incredibly difficult.”
Anyone wishing to contribute toward the medical bills of the mom can donate at cfp-nc.org/donate.