HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – A veterinarian in Hillsborough County examined two surviving puppies getting them ready for adoption Friday. The pups’ mother, a boxer named Cookie, attacked the toddler in its Plant City family and was put down, according to Hillsborough County Animal Services officials.
It happened Tuesday. The dog was seen carrying something in her mouth. It turned out the be a little boy, Michael Diaz. Hillsborough deputies and neighbors separated the two. The boy was airlifted to the Tampa General Hospital.
The dog and its four puppies were taken to the Hillsborough County Animal Services.
Two puppies died, two others, a male and a female, survived. Dr. Christy Layton who is treating the surviving puppies for intestinal parasites said “I believe as long they continue down this path and improve like they have done in the last 48 hours, we should have no problems with having nice, healthy puppies down the road.”
The boxer may have attacked to protect her puppies.
“Certainly anytime you have puppies and kids in the same area you always want to be a lot more careful than even with your own dog by itself, because when they have puppies they are always going to be even more protective,” she added.
Bill Gray with “Second Chance Boxer Rescue group said of the interest in adopting the puppies is high.
“Since we just put them on “Facebook” yesterday I could adopt out dozens of puppies if I had them, so no finding them a good home will not be a problem,” he added.