Axminster rallies to save orphaned pups

PUBLISHED: 07:39 25 February 2015 | UPDATED: 07:39 25 February 2015

Clark Adams with Ruby's nine surviving pups. Photo CHRIS CARSON

Clark Adams with Ruby's nine surviving pups. Photo CHRIS CARSON


Couple overwhelmed by offers of help to feed nine hungry mouths

An Axminster couple say they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the help they have received to save the lives of nine orphaned puppies.

Rottweiler/huskey cross Ruby gave birth to ten offspring on February 15, but sadly died shortly afterwards. Vets discovered she had a giant tumour in her chest.

Owner Clark Adams, of Millwey Rise, was devastated at losing his beloved pet and a Facebook page was started to tell the popular hound’s many fans that she had gone, aged six-and-a-half.

As a result, offers of help for her puppies have been flooding in with up to £500 pledged towards feed, heating and vets bills along with donations of blankets and essential items.

Said Clark, who runs a fishing bait business: “Ruby died 15 hours after giving birth and we have been feeding the pups every two hours since then. I have had just 20 hours sleep in the last week but it has been a labour of love. People have been offering to help and come and feed them, it has been really humbling to see. I had always wanted to pay all this myself but people have insisted on helping us. We don’t need any more money – if more comes in we will donate it to an animal charity.”

Clark is keeping one of the pups and will call her Sapphire in tribute to his much missed Ruby.

His partner Clare added: “We want to say a massive thank you for all the help and support people have given us – they have given the puppies the best chance.”

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