HOPKINTON (CBS) – A dog that was brought to a Hopkinton rescue with a bullet lodged in her front leg earlier in March has safely delivered her puppies on National Puppy Day.
Pepper’s story began when she was brought to The Brown Dog Coalition’s partner shelter with an injured rear leg. After an exam, a vet found that Pepper’s back leg had been shattered by a bullet, her front leg had a bullet lodged in it and she was pregnant. She was sent to Massachusetts for surgery.READ MORE: Large Crane Tips Over In Leominster
Pepper underwent surgery March 14 at Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts University in North Grafton while pregnant. It was a risky surgery and no one was sure if they puppies would survive the anesthesia.READ MORE: National Grid Workers Rush To Escape Trench Before Out-Of-Control Driver Crashes Into Construction Site
The puppies did survive, and they were born Saturday – on National Puppy Day.MORE NEWS: Laconia, NH Police Searching For 'Dangerous' Man Possibly Armed With Shotgun
According to the rescue’s Facebook post, Pepper will spend the next eight weeks caring for her new brood and recovering from surgery.