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January 3, 2014

Saved from deadly womb

Vet, shelter workers perform emergency C-section to save 5 of 7 puppies, mother

By BRIAN SMITH

In times of emergency, it’s all hands on deck.

Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter staff members were thrown into a situation they were unaccustomed to Tuesday morning as a pregnant pit bull named Precious underwent a C-section by shelter vet Dr. Kent Glenn. Precious was brought into the shelter Saturday in what Director of Animal Services Dustin Deel described as “very pregnant” and began giving birth Sunday.

“I was called and told she had gone into labor and had birthed two of the dogs,” Deel said. “The size she was there should have been more than two dogs.”

After assessing the situation, Glenn decided a Cesarean was necessary to ease the situation Precious was in. During the more than hour-long procedure, two of the dogs were found stuck in the birth canal, shutting off the blood supply not only to Precious but all the entire litter. It was initially believed all the puppies were dead, but upon massaging one of the puppies, the puppy began to kick, lending hope to the situation.

With animal control officers out in the field, Glenn called on Deel and staff members Kenzie Montgomery and Tracey Curry to help get the puppies out while Glenn worked on stabilizing Precious.

“We were talking on how the C-section was going to have to be performed when I came in,” Deel said. “The next thing I know I was being hollered at to take my jacket off and to begin helping out.”

Deel said it was the first time he had been in on a procedure like that. Glenn told the new vet techs what needed to be done to ensure the safety of the live puppies. Staff pulled each puppy out of the placenta and tried to clear their throats, rubbing them until they came back to life and started crying.

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