QUEENSLAND, Australia (WJW) — A Neapolitan Mastiff named Shadow is making international headlines after giving birth to a litter of 21 puppies, which broke the current record held in Australia for 19.
According to Animal Emergency Service, she had an emergency caesarian on April 20.
“Shadow was so flat when she arrived, and we learned from her owner she had delivered three puppies at home already. After four hours of no activity and a puppy that didn’t make it, her owner brought her into us expecting the worst,” veterinarian Dr Patrycja Zimmermann said.
Once they examined her, they realized she was carrying more puppies and immediately got her into surgery. It took a team of 10 vets and nurses to assist in the removal of the other 18 puppies.
Sadly, only 18 from the litter of 21 have survived. Those puppies are now being cared for at the hospital while Shadow recovers at home with her owners.