A very special family of eight arrived on Long Island, New York, this week — and it would never have happened if someone hadn’t stood up for them.
The owners of this dog named Amelia kept her tied to a little wooden doghouse in their yard in Texas. She wasn’t fixed and already had several puppies when someone spotted her.
What’s even worse is that she was obviously injured and no one was giving Amelia the medical attention she really needed.
Cindy Droogmans is a founder of A-Team Elite Rescue Dogs. This rescue group is based on Long Island, and Cindy has been coordinating rescues from Texas, where there are many needy dogs like Amelia coming through overcrowded shelters.
Droogmans has contacts in Texas who let her know when there’s a dog in need — then Droogmans does everything she can to get them to a local vet and then up to Long Island, where she can adopt them out to forever homes.
“When I received the pictures for help I noticed the one ear,” Droogmans said. “The poor dog was so tied up she could barely reach her own puppies to care for them.”
“Even when we were full house I could not leave this mommy with her seven puppies behind … Amelia was tied up on her ‘house’ in full heat with her puppies running around. It was pure horror for a mother dog.”
Luckily, the owners were convinced to surrender the obviously neglected dog — and all her puppies.
This week, the family finally arrived on Long Island, where they will begin the search for forever homes.
Her seven puppies were named Atishia, Angie, Amina, Aleria, Arrow, Aragon and Arion. Luckily they are so adorable they will have no trouble finding homes.
But Droogmans is especially determined to find a home for Amelia; the mother dog who has been through so much.
“This girl deserves a much better life,” Droogmans said. “We are looking for a family who has a lot of love to give to her.”