Shelter Saves Abused Pregnant Dog From The Streets

Before Milly was placed in a Texas shelter, she was in terrible shape. She had a broken leg, a gashed-out eye, a damaged jaw, and anemia and heart worm positive.

“Her past is terrible — she was completely abused,” said Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC; the group that helped save Milly. “She sat rotting in a shelter for two weeks, and we couldn’t even get her out. When we finally did, she was just in terrible, terrible shape.”

After Milly was rushed to an animal hospital in Houston, a vet checked her over, and discovered Milly was also pregnant.

Milly had multiple health issues, and Silverstein and the team at Rescue Dogs Rock NYC knew this was not going to be an easy pregnancy for Milly.

That’s when the decision was mad to transfer Milly to Montgomery Animal Hospital in Maryland where she and her puppies could receive 24-hour care.

“She was so close to death when she got here,” Sharon Hall, officer manager at Montgomery Animal Hospital said. “She was critical.”

Milly went into labor, the vet team did everything they could for Milly and the 10 babies she gave birth to,  unfortunately, all of the puppies died.

Milly somehow pulled through and she never lost her trust in humans.


“I hold her a lot,” Hall said. “She’s only 25 pounds, so she’s just a little peanut. She just wants to be close, so I just hold her on my lap while I work on my computer.”


“I actually share an office with my boss, who is the doctor; and he took that picture that I put on Facebook,” Hall said.

“I wrote that I actually got caught not working because I was holding her. He wrote below it that he actually wasn’t working either because he’s the one who took the picture.”

“We’re mesmerized by her, and were amazed by her strength and by her love and her will to live,” Hall added.

“She’s the sweetest little thing. She wants to be with people, she wants to be loved; she wants to be close — and she’s totally happy with just that.”

Milly needs at least three more surgeries before she’s ready for adoption.

Hall is certain she’ll bring her new family a lot of joy.

“She loves everybody equally, and I really just think she’s going to make a spectacular pet for somebody,” Hall said. Silverstein is delighted by the progress Milly has made.

“This is an amazing story — that this dog has overcome all these obstacles,” Silverstein said.

“It’s just amazing that she’s alive. Obviously, we feel terrible for her pregnancy and that she lost all of her babies; but we’re thankful that she’s alive, and we just hope for the best going forward.”

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