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Toms River police officer helps to reunite mother dog with her puppies

It's a bouncing bundle of adorable puppies who were rescued by a kind woman and her children and with the help of Police Officer Eric Divone going that extra special mile.
Toms River Police Department

In Toms River, N.J. a mom Jack Russell terrier has been reunited with her huge family of nine puppies. It was probably more excitement than the litter needed, but all are doing well at The Toms River Animal Shelter at 235 Oak Street reported the Asbury Park Press.

According to Toms River Police Department spokesperson, Ralph Stocco, a woman and her two children spotted two small puppies and a larger dog walking very close to the busy roadway at 1430 Hooper Ave. The children picked up the puppies, but the mother dog ran away.

The woman called Animal Control and the police. The puppies were taken to the shelter for care, while Officer Eric Divone and others tried to find the mother. Officer Divone found a dirt den in the nearby woods and there he found seven more puppies. The mother dog was still nowhere to be found.

A humane trap was set, and within five hours the mother had been captured and reunited with her family.

The dog is suspected to be a stray, and if not claimed will be spayed and eligible for adoption after her pups have been weaned. The puppies should be available for adoption within three weeks.

And how's that for a happy Friday the 13th story?

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