“The family happened to be there,” Carson told The Dodo. “We spoke with them, and the father said, ‘They all have to go. All of these dogs have to go.’ And then they said, ‘Oh, there’s more in the house.’ We were kind of like, ‘What?’ And he said, ‘Yeah. Little ones.’”
Fearing the worst, Carson and the other rescuers, who included Ayse Hellig and Joyce Trower, asked the owners to bring out the puppies so they could assess their conditions.