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Abandoned pregnant dog gives birth after rescued

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A pregnant dog and her mate were rescued February 12 from a vacant house on West 31st Street, where a neighbor said no one had been there for a week.

The Cleveland animal control officer found both large dogs in a cage with no food or water. He took the dogs and left a notice on the front door, but no one has come forward, Chief Animal Control Officer John Baird said.

The pregnant dog, now named Bianca, delivered 11 puppies at the kennel last weekend, but five were stillborn. Bianca, her four sons and two daughters have been receiving care since Monday at the West Park Animal Hospital, where they will stay for eight weeks.

The pups will be altered and available for adoption from Fido's Companion Rescue and Ziggy's Friends, 440-926-1747, in Grafton when they are weaned.

Bianca will be available through Hartman's Hounds, 440-984-7014, in Amherst.

"We think Bianca is a Rottweiler-lab mix," West Park office manager Anna Merriman said. "She is bonding very well with her puppies, allowing them to nurse and keeping them clean and close together. "She is wonderful with people and allows us to handle the puppies."

Cleveland APL has Bianca's mate, a chocolate lab who they named Oogie Boogie. He was neutered today and should be up for adoption tomorrow, director Sharon Harvey said. "We named him Oogie Boogie, and he's very handsome. And, yes, it would be OK if someone changes his name," she said.

Anyone who knows the identity or location of Bianca's owner is asked to call the Cleveland Animal Protective League, 216-377-1630.

Fido's Companion is seeking donations to cover the veterinary bill, estimated at $2,000.

Checks can be mailed to:

Box 518, Avon, 44011



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