When Kathryn Sinske came across Claire’s photo on Facebook, there was something in the pregnant Chihuahua’s eyes that immediately caught her attention. Whether it was pain or fear in Claire’s expression, Sinske stopped scrolling and decided to take action.
“When I saw her on social media my heart just broke for her,” Sinske told The Dodo. “She was listed as an older pregnant female ready to give birth any day. She looked terrified and confused in her shelter picture.”
Animal control had picked up Claire in San Bernardino, California, and her swollen belly made clear that the officers had found her just in time. Days after her arrival at the shelter, Claire went into labor alone in the early hours of the morning. “She was placed in isolation and given a blanket to have her babies,” Sinske said. “She had four puppies but, sadly, one did not make it.”