Pregnant dog rescued from the freezing cold right before giving birth on Christmas

This Christmas, one mama dog was rescued from harsh, freezing weather just in time to give birth to a litter of healthy puppies.On December 22, Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) seized Mama Manolo, a dog, from a property where she was being improperly tied-up outside in freezing temperatures.

A staff member explained in a Facebook live video that the dog was left in a wooden dog house filled with water while temperatures were below freezing.It is illegal in Virginia to keep a dog outside during severe weather, which includes temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.Manolo was “extremely pregnant” and “ready to pop,” complicating matters even further.

Mama Manolo would have had to give birth to her litter outside in the freezing, wet dog house if she hadn’t been rescued in time, and the pups might not have survived.

But, thankfully, the RACC rescued her just in time and arranged for her to give birth in a safe place at Virginia Veterinary Centers’ emergency vet clinic.”This is what we do when we take dogs from the freezing cold who are so pregnant they are ready to pop!” they wrote on Facebook.Mama Manolo went into labor late Christmas Eve and gave birth to seven girls and two boys, all of whom were perfectly healthy, on Christmas morning.

According to an update on January 5, Mama Manolo and all 9 of her pups are continuing to do well, and are resting in a “cushy foster home” — quite a far cry from that freezing, wet dog house.

What a miracle — we’re so grateful Mama Manolo was rescued in time to give birth to her precious pups in a safe, warm environment.