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This story breaks our hearts into a million pieces. Recently, the kind people at St. Landry Parish Animal Control and Rescue, an organization based in southern Louisana, found a mother dog in a horrific state. The dog, who has since been named Libby, was found TETHERED to a tree while actively giving birth to her babies.

Unable to move, Libby had no other option but to give birth covered in filth, ants, and mosquitoes. 

Libby’s puppies were still wet when her rescuer arrived on the scene. As a dedicated mama, she was desperately trying to protect all of her little ones the best she could. Sadly, one was found drowning in blood and despite the efforts to save them, the puppy passed. 

Libby had four more puppies when she arrived at St. Landry Parish and Animal Control and Rescue, making a total of 12 surviving puppies. The family has since been moved to Bellevue Vet Clinic so that 24/7 care can be provided. Since Libby is malnourished and unable to provide milk of her own for her babies, the puppies are being hand fed formula.

As for Libby, she is currently on an IV to help with her low body weight. We are keeping this sweet family in our thoughts! 


While Libby and her puppies thankfully were rescued, there are millions of animals around the world who are still looking for their happy ending. If you notice an animal who is being mistreated, call your local rescue or shelter so that they can come and evaluate the situation. And remember, dogs can get cold just like people. It’s not enough to let dogs in your house, you need to prepare them with the proper equipment to whether the elements – just like a child. Provide your puppy with snow boots for the winter and (if they don’t have a thick coat) a nice warm jacket.

Libby’s case is currently under investigation and animal cruelty charges are being pursued. If you would like to donate towards this families on-going care, you can make a donation directly to the veterinarian by calling: 337-942-7126.

For more information on St. Landry Parish Animal Control and Rescue, click here.

Image Source: St. Landry Parish Animal Control and Rescue/Facebook 

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29 comments on “Emaciated Pregnant Dog Left Tethered to a Tree Was Forced to Give Birth Outside – Let’s Help This New Mama!”

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Raegen Turko
4 Days ago

Poor girl:(

Cindy Torrez
5 Days ago

If I could kill someone..

MaryAnne Alther
5 Days ago

That’s a lot of puppies! I hope she and her puppies get taken care of

Melinda Estrada Stebbins
6 Days ago

Why are some people so mean?

Kelly Plaas
6 Days ago

We are fortunate in KC to have a great group, The Rescue Project, that goes around the areas looking for neglected pets and educating owners on proper care. It is very important to notify authorities, if you know an animal is suffering. They depend on us.

Lynette Blackert MacLagan
6 Days ago

Thank goodness for kind & compassionate people to save this Mother & her babies! I hope justice will be served! Please tie this monster to a tree!

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Kathleen Lewis
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Jim McBreen
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Lynn Ross
6 Days ago

Spay and fucking neuter!!! When are people going to get that one basic concept through their thick, ignorant, brain dead skulls!!!! So much suffering could be avoided.

Shelby Mashigian
07 Dec 2017

Or, rather, don’t breed your dog and then tie them to a tree. By all means, do what you have to to keep the population at bay, but all animals should live independently from humans. Certainly, though, don’t breed your dogs!

Lynn Ross
07 Dec 2017

Likely the poor thing has been tethered while in heat and some other stray knocked her up. I don't believe that someone was using her to breed for profit. Likely for future fighting dogs, or some other screwed up reason. Bottom line she and her pups are now safe and away from these wankers disguised as humans.

Robert Richards
10 Dec 2017

Agree Totally!!

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