Two puppies survive after mother put down following Plant City attack

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.

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Two puppicookie2es 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.

Dr. Christy Layton with one of the pups provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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