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Police rescue stray mother dog and reunite her with puppies

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According to Friday's CBS New York News, a mother dog and her puppies have been reunited thanks to the efforts of police in Toms River, N.J.

The Toms River Police Department shared the details of the canine rescue with their Facebook fans on Thursday. On June 11, a good Samaritan noticed two puppies walking dangerously close to a roadway with an adult dog, who was presumably the mother; the woman was able to rescue the pups but the mother dog ran away.

Three Toms River animal control officers arrived to the area and took possession of the puppies and then a search of the nearby wooded area, for the missing mother dog, commenced. The animal control officers, along with Police Officer Eric Divone, eventually found a makeshift den in the dirt beneath some pine branches not far from Hooper Avenue.

Officers Divone, Dale Beley and Tom Manolio found an additional seven puppies in the den and all were rescued. At that time, the mother dog was still missing, so the officers set up a humane trapping device near the den and the dog was captured five hours later.

The entire family received a veterinary exam and they were found to be in relatively good health; they are currently housed at the newly erected Animal Shelter at 235 Oak Avenue.

Jim Bowen, Facility Director, who coordinated the rescue, stated:

“A search is being conducted to locate the owner of the dogs however if no one claims them they will be placed up for adoption after a minimum wait of approximately three weeks. The mother appears to be a Jack Russell Terrier and the puppies, which are approximately five weeks old, are of an unknown mix."

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