As it turned out, the people owned a female guard dog, and they said she’d given birth to the six puppies a couple of months ago. But the people didn’t want the puppies around, and they weren’t taking care of them.
“They told me they wanted to keep their mama dog and to throw the puppies away,” Mungaya, the founder of a small rescue group in Arusha, Tanzania, told The Dodo. “I felt very sad and said I should help them.”
The people agreed to give Mungaya the puppies, but getting six wriggly animals back to his house, which was about a half-mile away, was going to be tricky. But Mungaya and a couple of local boys found a solution — a bucket, which they borrowed from the homeowners.