A four-year-old German short-haired pointer that was beaten and force-fed drugs and alcohol is now in foster care with her 10 puppies after a search warrant was issued to seize the dogs.

Rescued Puppies (photo provided by BC SPCA)

The dogs were rescued and sent to the Prince George BC SPCA after a concerned citizen reported seeing both the mother and one of her puppies getting abused.

A veterinarian then conducted a medical check on the dog, nicknamed ‘Mama,’ and found fractures, scarring and evidence of past abuse.

A toxicity test was also conducted and confirmed toxic ingestion.

“Mama dog loves humans,” says Rachel Cook, animal welfare officer, North Cariboo District Branch, “She wants to sit on your lap. She wants to hold hands with her paw. She’s just so sweet.”

Alex Schare, manager of the Prince George SPCA, says the SPCA’s cruelty investigations team is so important in cases like these. “If it wasn’t for them this dog would likely still be in this very bad situation with her puppies and both her and their welfare would be poor.”

The dog and her two-week-old puppies will be available for adoption once the mother gets spayed and the puppies turn 8-weeks old.

“She is doing well and doing such a great job looking after her babies. She is going to make a great family dog in a few months,” says Cook. “They’ve been through a lot. We’re so proud of them.”