Throughout history, people have found sanctuary in a church in times of trouble and need. In Northern Indiana, the same is true for a pregnant dog. In Maple’s case, she found sanctuary and hope not once, but twice in the same church.
Six months ago, officials in Porter County Indiana raided a home and rescued a total of 82 dogs in various conditions. Dogs that were lucky enough to survive the first day were taken to a vacant church across the street from Porter County Animal Control.
“We went to the church three or four times and brought several dogs out of the church and into our shelter to work with them and get them adopted,” says Victoria Beasley. At the time, she was the animal liaison in neighboring Lake County. “This one red dog was very pregnant and had her litter a few days apart from another dog from Chesterton. We had pulled both dogs so they wouldn’t give birth in a wire cage.”
The dog had her litter of puppies and then escaped from the shelter a few days later. She was spotted about a week later about 10 miles away. In the meantime, her puppies were raised by the other mother, Champagne, and have since been adopted.
In the six months since then, people in the community have been looking for her, often spotting her in the area around the church where she had been kept for a short time. Sightings of dogs never panned out with anyone catching the dog. Then last week, Beasley received an unusual call about a dog at the Annunciata Church. The same church where the animals were housed earlier this year.
“There was a report of a pregnant mother dog near the church. We got in the car and drove up and there she was, pregnant again,” says Beasley, who now runs 2×2 Rescue. “She is now safe, back with us and gave birth three days later to eight puppies – three males and three females – after 24 hours of labor.”
They have since named the dog Maple and because of her escape history and her fear of human contact, she’s considered a flight risk and a feral dog. Her foster home has a six-foot privacy fence around the house and Maple is double leashed when she goes out.
“I just find her journey remarkable,” says Beasley. “Now the community that was watching here for six months are all interested in adopting her babies. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen. The good news is she found safety twice in a church.”
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