But Rinaldi refused to give up. Medical staff confirmed they could alleviate the puppies' pain while treating them, so she decided it was worth the fight.
The four puppies, whom the DDR volunteers named Wilbur, Petunia, Pinkie and Arthur, stayed in medical boarding for about 12 weeks.
"We would visit them every day," Rinaldi said. "We also have a great support system of veterinary technicians."