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Drama as dumped Daisy has litter of six

A second stray dog, thrown out because puppies were due, has been rescued by Boston Borough Council.

This time the stray, a Jack Russell since named Daisy, was safely delivered of her six pups (pictured).

Poor Carly the Cocker Spaniel had not been so fortunate. She was discovered abandoned on the roadside by a borough councillor with her four dead puppies in a plastic carrier bag.

Daisy was found abandoned near United Carpets on Main Ridge and was taken to Marshland Vets. The council's dog collection service picked her up from there and looked after her before she went to Keith's Rescue Dogs centre at Skegness.

The drama further unfolded there when she went into labour, had her first pup naturally but then got into difficulties. Mum and pup were rushed to a vet who delivered five more puppies by Caesarean section.

Daisy, described as a "brilliant mum" and her puppies, three girls and three boys, are now all recovering well.

When found she had a red collar, but with no ID and was not chipped.

Keith Smith said: "She was not in very good condition - very thin, but obviously pregnant. Her nails were overgrown indicating she had not been walked.

"We trimmed her nails and immediately put her on a high-protein diet to try to get nourishment through to her puppies."

Then puppies had to be resuscitated and given oxygen and Daisy has only enough milk to feed two puppies, so they have turns at getting mother's milk before being given supplementary milk by Keith and his assistants... every two hours!

Keith said: "It's still early days but they are all doing well now and she is a brilliant mother. We are not sure, yet, what the puppies may be. They look like Jack Russells and have marking similar to their mother.

Homes will be needed for Daisy and all her puppies, but not for another ten weeks. They will all be inoculated, chipped and neutered. Keith's Rescue Dogs operates as a charity, currently with 75 dogs being cared for, and relies on donations as well as their own fundraising efforts.

Potential new owners will have to agree to a home check and must have a suitable secure garden.

Keith can be contacted on 01205 750197.

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