MOBILE, Ala. — On Memorial Day this year, volunteers with SouthBARK Animal Rescue were alerted of a situation demanding their immediate attention. A litter of puppies had been born underneath a vacant building that was part of the Springhill Medical Center, which was undergoing construction.
The foreman on site was threatening to seal the puppies in alive and had already attempted to clear them out by using moth and flea bombs. Volunteers arrived on the scene, despite it being dark out and raining, to find nine puppies, two adult dogs, and one dog estimated to be around 7 months old that was also injured.
They were able to secure the puppies, estimated to be about 12 days old, but couldn’t convince any of the other dogs, including the mom, to join them. They tried for three hours, but had to give up to get the puppies to safety.
The hospital’s facilities manager promised the rescue that there would be no harm done to the remaining three dogs, but the food that the rescue left behind for them was thrown out. Still, SouthBARK volunteers continued to monitor the other three dogs and figured out that they had moved behind a vacant hotel a little bit away. There, they were being looked after by a homeless veteran named John Hagar. As it turned out, Hagar was the one who first alerted the rescue to the canine family after hearing the foreman’s threat.
Hagar spends his entire disability check on homeless animals in the area and takes care of them. SouthBARK credits him with saving the lives of these puppies. The puppies required a lot of medical attention and care, but pulled through and are starting to find their forever homes. One has already been adopted.