Longview shelter shares dog's emergency story, decries backyard breeders

Longview shelter shares dog's emergency story, decries backyard breeders
the 5-year-old dog survived an emergency c-section (Source: Facebook)
Dog in surgery at Longview shelter (Source: Facebook)
Dog in surgery at Longview shelter (Source: Facebook)

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - (Warning: Contains graphic medical details/photo from the Longview Animal Shelter's Veterinary Staff) 
An East Texas animal shelter shared a story that nearly had a tragic ending for a small dog to remind us to "adopt, don't shop" when looking for a pet.

The staff at Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center shared a story on their Facebook page about a Dach-Chi mix dog who was relinquished to them by their owner on Tuesday. The dog, at the time the owner brought her in, had been suffering in labor for at least two days, unable to give birth, the shelter says. The dog had been used as a breeder, they say, by her owner.  

The shelter says that many facilities like theirs do not have immediate access to a veterinarian, so dogs like her would have to be euthanized. However, the Longview shelter does have a vet on staff, and the dog was able to be taken into surgery and her stillborn puppies removed. She survived the surgery and as of Wednesday morning, according to the shelter, she was doing well and recovering. 

The shelter used this dog's story as a reminder to "adopt, don't shop," and they encourage East Texans to avoid purchasing animals from parking lots, flea markets, and pet shops. 

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