RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Three two-legged Chihuahua puppies taken in by a Raleigh-based animal rescue died over the weekend, according to a release from Cause for Paws NC.
The three puppies, Wobbles, Bobble and Scooter, were born on Feb. 7 and taken in by Cause for Paws the next day. The animals were passed down a genetic disorder from their parents, which caused them to be born without front legs.
“These little miracles deserve every opportunity to live happy and healthy lives,” said CFP Program Director Nicole Kincaid last week, before the puppies died. She fostered the trio.
Wobbles, Bobble and Scooter came to Cause for Paws because they were having problems eating from their mother. They were being bottle-fed formula every two to three hours, rescue officials said.
It’s believed the puppies died due to a “failure to survive,” according to the press release.
“I am grateful for the outpouring of support pulling for these tiny pups, and know that my sadness is shared by so many,” said Kincaid. “Our rescue is not afraid to take on the hard medical cases—recognizing that imperfection is perfection. We looked past their physical problems and saw hope. However, the pups just had too much going against them to stay in this world very long.”
The mother dog, Gidget, underwent surgery to remove infected tissue and is on antibiotics and being watched closely by vets, the release said. The trio’s two sisters are eating, but “some minor physical deformities” have been observed.
“We hope their passing sparks the talk about how important it is to spay and neuter your pets,” said Kincaid. “This was an accidental litter where the owner thought she could keep them separated while the mom was in heat. We regularly hear this belief about why people do not alter their animals, and more often than not it ends up with an unplanned litter of pups.”