FOWLER, Calif. - Krystle Woodward with Pinky Paws Animal Rescue in Fowler said she was tipped off to a neglected dog near Fowler & Jefferson in Fresno County. She was first alerted 7 weeks ago, and captured the dog last Thursday.
"She's just been really neglected, poor girl," said Woodward.
The dog now named "Betty Boop" had recently given birth to a litter of puppies. "She would go into the city to scavenge for food and then at night, go back to feed her babies, and that's why everyone would see her travel two miles every day," said Woodward.
Woodward launched a mission to find the pups and recorded the quest on a cell phone. Betty Boop led her to an abandoned home in the area.
"Oh my gosh, you hear them," Woodward said in the recording. "Baby, they're under there."
The puppies were found underground.
"Oh, she told us," said Woodward.
Woodward called her friend's son, Kenneth Stoen, a Freemont Elementary School student, to help rescue the pups from underground.
"The space was too tiny so I offered to go down there," said Stoen.
All 10 pups are now healthy and awaiting shots for adoption.
"Just her trust in me to show me where her puppies were," said Woodward. "It really touched my heart that's why I love them so much and we're their voice."
The puppies will be ready for adoption May 1, 2017. The rescue group is charging $150 for shot fees.
For more information, you can go to their Facebook page "Pinky Paws ResQ" or website: http://www.pinkypawsrescue.com.