Heart-touching photos spread on British social networks as a mother dog protects her puppies in cold weather after being born in a snowstorm.
A mother dog, named Snowbelle, gave birth and gave birth to small dogs around early February in Red Lake, Minnesota.
Snowbelle had been outside in the cold weather with her children for about three weeks. She tries to protect and cuddle her children even when she is no longer able to produce milk.
The animals were spotted by a local Good Samaritan, who notified the nearby Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue Shelter, who rescued the family.
A Red Lake Rosie’s worker shared moving photos of the dogs on Facebook, including one snap of Snowbelle and her pups together in a deep snow drift.
They also wrote: ‘Snowbelle had her litter of 6 puppies in a snowdrift this winter. ‘A concerned family drove her and her babies to the Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue shelter.
‘They were very hungry and mama Snowbelle had no milk to give them. ‘After a few days of warm shelter and good food Snowbelle started producing lots of milk for her babies.
‘Thank you for supporting Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue and Red Lake companion animals.
“This photo shows the great need for shelter and food in our very harsh winters”
“We have no idea how Snowbelle and her puppies survived. They were about 3 weeks old when rescued.”
The animals have since been put up for adoption, with several of the dogs already finding loving new homes.