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Dog, Puppies Rescued in San Diego, Owner Sought

A mother dog and her newborn puppies rest at the San Diego Humane Society. March 25, 2021.
San Diego Humane Society
A mother dog and her newborn puppies rest at the San Diego Humane Society. March 25, 2021.

A mother dog and her newborn puppies were rescued from underneath a van in San Diego Thursday and authorities placed the dog on a stray hold in an attempt to locate a possible owner.

San Diego Humane Society's Humane Law Enforcement responded about 4 p.m. to a report of a stray dog who just delivered a litter of puppies under a van in the 5200 block of La Paz Drive, near Euclid Avenue, spokeswoman Nina Thompson said.

Newborn puppies in a box after being rescued from the 5200 block of La Paz Dr., near Euclid Ave. in San Diego, Calif. March 25, 2021.
San Diego Humane Society
Newborn puppies in a box after being rescued from the 5200 block of La Paz Dr., near Euclid Ave. in San Diego, Calif. March 25, 2021.

Officers pulled out the puppies, one by one. One did not survive, but the other nine appeared healthy and were taken, along with their mother, to the humane society's Pilar & Chuck Bahde Center for Shelter Medicine, where they were examined by veterinarians, said Thompson.

The mother is believed to be a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Hound mix, about 3 years old. She did not have a microchip and was placed on a stray hold while a search for the dog's owner was conducted, Thompson said.