SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A San Diego animal rescue group on a mission to rescue dogs from Iran got a surprise on their latest mission.
Negar Mirgoli, who runs Paws4Thought Animal Rescue, said they had successfully rescued three Iranian dogs, landed at the Los Angeles International Airport, and were driving back to San Diego when Mirgoli noticed something odd.
"I heard squeaky sounds from cargo," Mirgoli said.
Thirty-six hours into her transport, one of the rescue dogs they named Sugar started giving birth to a litter of puppies.
"[She] gave birth between LAX and Long Beach," Mirgoli said.
The new family is doing well and are now staying at a foster home.
The second rescued dog they named Roya, which means "beautiful dream" in Persian. She is also staying at a foster home and is available for adoption through the Paws4Thought website.
Unfortunately, Mirgoli says they were forced to humanely euthanize the third dog they rescued because of severe injuries. They named her Lilly and did everything they could to make her last hours kind and comforting.
"Both ears had been cut off, broken sternum...multiple bullets all over the body," Mirgoli said. "The worst one, a bullet putting pressure on the spine which could not be removed and would have killed her if removed. We had renamed her Lilly. I held her when she was being put to sleep."
Mirgoli says they are looking for people to foster, sponsor, and help in general. The puppies will be ready for adoption in about 12 weeks.
"The eight new puppies plus mum and Roya will never have to go through what was done to Lilly!" Mirgoli said. "A new life. And new opportunities where torture, pain, starvation, and beatings are no longer the norm."
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