Then something changed in Rice Krispie, who was still reeling from her sudden abandonment - an instinct to protect her babies in this strange, uncertain environment emerged.
"She became a little bit aggressive," Andino explains. "That's not uncommon, especially in a shelter environment. Dogs are scared and protective."
"They know what's going on for sure," Andino adds. "She knew what was happening and was scared and trying to protect her babies."
That aggressiveness earned Rice Krispie, along with her puppies, a kennel in isolation. From there, her next stop was likely to be the final one.
And there was a chance her babies would also join her on the euthanasia list.
"It doesn't happen often, but they do and they have and they will," Andino explains. "But usually a rescue will step up for puppies."