A pregnant dog adopted from the Haven Humane Society by a young Redding couple will be able to keep its babies.
The story, which was first reported in a local newspaper, claimed that Haven Humane wanted to abort the puppies so they could spay the dog.
When Brian McCay and Rebecca, who did not want her last name to be used, adopted their 1-year-old puppy from Haven Humane on September 15, they did not realize they were getting a packaged deal.
When the couple took the puppy to a local veterinarian, they found out it was about six weeks pregnant.
"We were just looking at each other like this is going to be a problem," Rebecca said.
The puppy, a Rottweiler-Labrador mix named Onna, was not spayed right when she left the shelter because she had kennel cough. It needed to finish the medicine it was taking for the cough, so the spaying procedure was set back to this week.
However, after finding out about the pregnant dog, the couple decided to ask the shelter to postpone the procedure because they were worried about doing it while she was still carrying her babies.
"They basically said it is against their policy," said Rebecca.
"By law, we have to spay and neuter every animal that is in a humane society," said the CEO of Haven Humane, Dr. Ray John.
"I said I am okay with it but I said I am very concerned about eight or nine puppies reproducing very shortly."
When a local organization, Pets Without Partners, heard the story, they stepped up with a solution.
"She said, 'I will fully pay for spaying and neutering of each of the puppies and then I will fully pay for a spay and neuter of Onna when its time,'" said Dr. John. "She said, 'I will guarantee ownership in good families.'"
Brian and Rebecca said they are thankful that the situation is all figured out.
"We are so relieved that we could get it done and over with before things got really bad,"said Brian McCay.