‘I just think about how different their life was 24 hours ago’: Shawnee group rescues litter of puppies

After learning that a litter of puppies was in bad shape in rural Kansas, volunteers with Shawnee-based Melissa’s Second Chances rescued them one hot afternoon in July.

After learning that a litter of puppies was in bad shape in rural Kansas, volunteers with Shawnee-based Melissa’s Second Chances rescued them one hot afternoon last week.

A good Samaritan in Cherryvale notified the animal rescue shelter that he had found the mother dog — a boxer-hound mix — and nine puppies living near a cellar. The man was caring for the dogs, which were not his, and called the shelter hoping they could help.