In Georgia, an emaciated female dog named Clover directed volunteers from an animal rescue to a home where her puppies were being neglected. Those puppies were severely malnourished and some had already died.
On January 13, Ashley Gresham, 27, was arrested and is now facing six counts of aggravated animal cruelty. It took place after six dogs were found dead on her property according to an incident report from the Spalding County Sheriff’s office.
A number of animals were found dead in their cages, including a dog, two ducks, two rabbits, and a chicken. Another dog had to have his leg amputated because of a severe injury.
Two volunteers from the Royal Animal Refuge were led by Clover to the puppies. Someone had seen the emaciated female and called the shelter. When they arrived, they could not catch Clover.
“She wasn’t your typical apprehensive dog,” Rebecca Tate, the founder of Royal Animal Refuge, told CNN. “It was more like she was telling them, “Hey, just come with me.’ She kept stopping and turning around and waiting until they followed her.”
Volunteers from the nonprofit animal shelter were led to the property. It was then that they realized something was wrong when they could ‘smell death’ and contacted the Sheriff’s office.
When the volunteers got to the scene, they found a cushion that had been torn by Clover to make a bed for 10 puppies. Four other dogs, including a dog with a broken leg that had healed poorly, were also found. The dog with the broken leg has since been named Archie and his leg was amputated.
Tate reports that the four other dogs are recovering and learning how to interact with humans.
Clover is in a foster home along with her puppies and they are recovering as well. It will take about five weeks before the puppies are available for adoption. Pre-adoption applications are already being accepted by the shelter.
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