But the dog curled up and protected her precious cargo, even as the roof fell on her.
When someone found the dog amidst the debris - still alive, still pregnant - they got in touch with Recycled Dog Rescue, a group that specializes in seemingly impossible missions.
Emily Luciano, the group's founder, named the mother Karma and arranged to have this ultimate survivor transported to the U.S.
Only when Karma arrived in California did she give birth to a healthy litter.
While all of Karma's babies are out of danger and being cared for in the U.S., a puppy named Kenai was among the first to find a forever home.