ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – A Lee County animal control officer is getting a lot of attention online for reuniting a dog’s family.
Kathy Mills is an animal control officer with the Lee County Marshal’s Office.
She said she got a call Monday night from dispatch about a few plaintiffs in Smithville who said they had a lab going into their trash and becoming a nuisance.
Mills said when she arrived it was clear the dog was nursing puppies and hadn’t eaten in a while other than the trash she had taken out of the bin.
“I had to take her to the shelter, so I loaded her into my vehicle and came to the animal shelter and set her up with a nice little bed and food and everything,” Mills said. . “Before leaving, I made him a promise. I said, ‘You know what, baby? We need to find your little babies.
Mills said the shelter was busy and was unable to try to locate the puppies until Wednesday.
“Officer Apperson and I went into the woods following mom dog and she knew exactly where she was going. And you could tell there was like a sense of urgency for her,” Mills said.
They were eventually led to an abandoned chicken coop where they overheard the puppies and ultimately rescued them.
“They had been without a dog mum since Monday. And they were in addition to being dehydrated, they were in fantastic shape. Mama Dog has done such a great job choosing the right place to have her babies,” Mills said.
All animals were brought back to the shelter for examinations and vaccinations.
Since posting to social media on Monday, she has received a huge amount of attention. The shelter has even received donations from all over the world, even from places like Canada.
Mills said puppies can be placed in foster care eight weeks after weaning. And that she hopes more people will consider adopting animals from an animal shelter.
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