“She was just gently wagging her tail and looking at us,” Rapozo said. “It was the sweetest thing. It was almost like she knew, ‘OK, these people are going to help us.’”
Once they gathered all of the puppies, they went to Rapozo’s car, and the women loaded the puppies into a transport kennel. Then Darla jumped into the car, too, and settled onto the floor.
“When we finally got all the pups in a crate and got them and Momma into the car, she put her face next to the crate, she let out a long breath and closed her beautiful eyes,” Rapozo wrote in a Facebook post after the rescue. “She was finally able to rest. She didn’t have to worry about herself and her pups being attacked. She didn’t have to worry about finding food. She was safe with her babies.”