PORTALES, N.M. (KFDA) - A dog recently abandoned at Eastern New Mexico University's Greyhound Arena has given birth to puppies.
ENMU employees Wendy Turner and Jana Small came to her rescue.
"I got a call telling me, 'The weirdest thing is happening at Greyhound Arena,'" Small said. "'We have a dog that is giving birth to puppies,' and I asked, 'On the main gym floor'?"
Small said when she arrived the dog had already given birth to two puppies, then she gave birth to another six.
While waiting for the campus police or animal control to show up, Small contacted vets and rescue organizations in an attempt to find someone to take care of the dog.
She later found Cindy's Hope for Precious Paws, a 501c3 nonprofit rescue organization.
"When I got there animal control left," Turner, an employee at Cindy's Hope for Precious Paws, said. "The mama was very nervous and there was a lot of people around her and that's not very good for a mama dog who's giving birth."
Small said that they were able to pet and love on her to keep her calm.
Unfortunately, three of the eight puppies died but Turner said the young mom is taking to motherhood.
"She's doing great," Turner said. "She's not a great mom, but she's awfully young; we think she might be a year if even that."
Turner said she gets along with the other dogs, but doesn't like them around her puppies.
According to Small, someone pulled up to the Arena and dropped the dog off and found comfort in the arena.
"What gets me is she went inside Greyhound Arena towards the loud noises to get help instead of finding a corner to go and have puppies because usually dogs will go somewhere dark and sheltered," Small said. "This dog went to where there were people to have her puppies to say, 'Hey I need help' or something."
As for the puppies employees believe they have a foster parent willing to take her and the puppies.
Turner wants to remind everyone that if you cannot take of your pets be sure to bring them to the shelter or local ASPCA.
"If you can't take care of your dog take it to the shelter," Turner said. "It has a chance. It's fed, it's watered, has shelter, can be adopted, or pulled by a rescue. This dog could've been hit, someone could have found it and not wanted to take care of the puppies and left them. There are worse things that can happen than being brought to the shelter."