Polly and her abandoned puppies should be available for adoption soon


Polly’s puppies were two or three days old when they were discovered with their mother in a box in an alley six weeks ago. The eight-pound Terrier mix and her seven babies were eventually taken to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas.

“Polly is a 3-1/2 year old Terrier mix,” says RCHS spokesman John Van Zante. “She has seven puppies — six boys and one girl. They were discovered in a box that had been left in an alley. The Good Samaritan who found them took them to the Department of Animal Services in Mission Valley. The eight-pound mommy was not able to produce enough milk to feed her babies. The little family was transferred to RCHS through our FOCAS program so they could get in-home foster care.”

“These puppies would not have survived if they had not been taken to the Department of Animal Services,” says Van Zante. “They need care, but all are expected to survive.”

Kelly Peters is Foster Care Coordinator at RCHS. She says, “Polly’s fur coat looked like dread locks when she arrived. She was so infested with fleas and her skin was covered with flea dirt. She was a hot mess.”

After Polly and her puppies had their initial exams Peters took them to her home. “Polly was not producing enough milk. The babies have been bottle fed since they arrived. Now they’re beginning to transition over to puppy food. Three are still with mom. The other four are staying in two different foster homes.”

Polly will see a specialist about a problem with a knee cap. RCHS officials say the knee problem is estimated at three out of a possible severity of four. If Polly needs surgery, the cost to the shelter could run about $3,000.

One puppy has an eye that will likely need to be removed. No cost estimate is available.

The puppies are expected to grow to 10 pounds. They should be available for adoption in about three weeks. Polly’s surgery will be scheduled after the babies are gone.

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