Rescue dog shocks RSPCA workers as she gives birth to huge litter of 13 puppies


Elsa was heavily pregnant when she was rescued in Chelmsford, Essex, by the RSPCA. The 18-month-old Bedlington Terrier-cross was taken in by a fosterer from the charity’s South, Southend and District branch in Rochford.

Elsa was expected to give birth to at least six puppies but rescuers could not believe it when 13 arrived.

The pups are all doing well and staff are helping Elsa with extra bottle feeds for her babies.

Branch manager Kathy Butler said: “We knew Elsa was expecting at least six but we were shocked when 13 arrived on 8 March.

“Some were quite small but Elsa is a very attentive mum and has done a wonderful job so far and we’re thrilled that all 13 are still with us and are getting bigger and stronger every day.

“However, it’s a lot of hard work for Elsa so we’ve been giving the pups extra bottle feeds.

“Mum only has 10 teats so we’ve been rotating them when they’re feeding to ensure they’re all getting plenty of food.”

The RSPCA is looking for dog lovers to sponsor the puppies to help cover costs.

Sponsors will be able to suggest a Disney-themed name for their puppy after Elsa was named after the Frozen character, and receive regular updates on a special Facebook group.

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“We’re an independent charity and we have to raise all of our own funds so any help the public can give us is hugely appreciated.”

To donate to the care of Elsa and her pups click here.


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