Mom digs hole to protect her 11 puppies—but when it starts to rain, rescuers have to act fast

When rescuers from an animal shelter learned that a litter of puppies were hiding in a perilous tunnel, they quickly got to work. Despite handling many rescue operations in the past, they still couldn’t believe the depth of where this rescue was to take place.

In July 2017, the Michigan Humane Society received a call from a resident in Detroit—a litter of puppies had made a home for themselves underneath a yard.

It was raining cats and dogs that day, but rescuers from the animal shelter were not deterred by the weather and arrived to rescue the animals.

They surveyed the area and found 11 puppies living inside a deep hole dug out by their mother, which rescuers believed was to protect the young ones from the bad weather.

©Facebook Video Screenshot | Michigan Humane Society

The rescuers set up a safe trap to capture the pups’ mother, but because of the rain, the tunnel was liable to gradually becoming flooded. Rescuers had to act fast to save the puppies from drowning.

“There’s no mom yet, but I want to get these puppies out of here,” said a rescuer named Chris. “They’re all muddy and wet down there.”

©Facebook Video Screenshot | Michigan Humane Society
©Facebook Video Screenshot | Michigan Humane Society

In a video filmed by the animal shelter, Chris and another rescuer, Pam, worked together to pull the puppies to safety.

Chris is seen taking the puppies one by one out of the hole and passing them to Pam to be placed into the cages that they had brought along.

©Facebook Video Screenshot | Michigan Humane Society

It was easy to rescue the first puppy since it was already standing at the entrance of the tunnel. But pulling the rest of the puppies out was no easy feat.

“I can’t believe how deep this thing is,” Chris exclaimed after pulling out the third puppy.

©Facebook Video Screenshot | Michigan Humane Society
©Facebook Video Screenshot | Michigan Humane Society

He had to dig the tunnel with a spade after noticing that some of the puppies had taken to hiding deeper inside the hole.

But as they were afraid that the hole would cave in with any more digging, they took out some food to lure the puppies out.

©Facebook Video Screenshot | Michigan Humane Society
©Facebook Video Screenshot | Michigan Humane Society

While rescuing the puppies, Chris noticed that their mother was nowhere in sight.

“I wouldn’t want to be in a position like this with mom dog in the hole,” he said. “Because she dug it, I’m sure could move pretty good. Her first reaction might be to protect her puppies, which could cause me some injury.”

©Facebook Video Screenshot | Michigan Humane Society
©YouTube Screenshot | Michigan Humane Society

Chris managed to pull 11 puppies to safety in almost half an hour. He was covered in mud by the time the rescue process finished.

“Oh boy, my washer is going to hate me,” he commented.

©YouTube Screenshot | Michigan Humane Society

The animal shelter later announced in a Facebook update that the pups’ mother had been caught, and she and her puppies were sent to the shelter to be cleaned up.

All members of the canine family, including mom, were eventually adopted by 12 families.

©YouTube Screenshot | Michigan Humane Society
©YouTube Screenshot | Michigan Humane Society

Watch the rescue operation and adoption process in the videos below:

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