Photo Credit: George Kruger

A little dog seeking shelter to have her puppies got wedged under a large tree; the community along with Fire and Rescue helped free her and her five puppies.


Victoria Park, South Africa (18 January 2023) – George Kruger shared a heartwarming story of how the community came together to save a trapped mom dog who had given birth to several puppies. She wedged herself under a fallen tree and became stuck.

A community member happened to be walking by and heard the sound of the puppies and the mom dog. They alerted the authorities, and several community organisations and the Somerset West Fire and Rescue service went out to rescue the dog and her puppies. She had sadly lost two puppies, but the team were able to save a further five of them.

“This afternoon at 16h30 a distress call was made by one of our Lourensia Park CIB members regarding a mommy dog that was stuck under a massive tree stump while giving birth. Four CIB Members of Victoria Park as well as Megan Bridger and her team of K9 Bridges responded to the call. On arrival, we found the mommy stuck and immediately made radio comms with the HCW control room to dispatch Somerset West Fire and Rescue as the stump was too heavy to lift. While waiting on Fire and Rescue we discovered two stillborn puppies and one that was alive.

“With the arrival of Fire and Rescue a plan of action was put together and the rescue began. When the first little puppy was rescued we discovered another 4 more puppies alive inside the hole. After the puppies were rescued the rescue for mommy began as she was stuck deep underneath the stump. It took quite a few minutes but in the end, a tired mommy was rescued and reunited with her 5 newborn puppies.

A massive thank you to the HCW control room, Somerset West Fire and Rescue, Megan and her team of K9 Bridges, and the CIB Members of Lourensia Park and Victoria Park.” – George Kruger

One can assume that she was looking for a safe space to have her litter of puppies and in the process, got stuck and was unable to free herself due to sheer exhaustion. Thankfully, someone noticed her and was able to raise the alarm.

This community made all the difference! She will now be cared for so she can raise her puppies and when they are old enough, homes will be found for all.

Sources: Crime Fighters Helderberg Basin
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