Abbeville Animal Control Officer Chris Wilson, third from left, joined forces with Kristin Kifer, second from left, director of operations of Pet Helpers, to save six pit bull mix puppies. Kifer was aided by Kathryn Watkins, left, and Clint Zimmer. (Submitted)
Abbeville Animal Control Officer Chris Wilson, third from left, joined forces with Kristin Kifer, second from left, director of operations of Pet Helpers, to save six pit bull mix puppies. Kifer was aided by Kathryn Watkins, left, and Clint Zimmer. (Submitted)
A one-man operation, ill-equipped to deal with newborn puppies, has six land in his lap. A desperate plea through the Internet for help. A pilot with service in Iraq and Afghanistan volunteers to help a friend land in Greenwood to save the 3-week old pups and transfer them to a no-kill shelter.
The only thing keeping the above from being a Disney movie is if the puppies could talk. That plot was exactly what unfolded Feb. 2, as Abbeville City Animal Control Officer Chris Wilson orchestrated the rescue of six pups from the Abbeville City Animal Services to Pet Helpers of Charleston.
"It means a lot," Wilson said. "We're able to save little lives that otherwise probably wouldn't have had a chance."
The puppies were born "3 or 3 1/2 weeks ago," Wilson said. A friend of Wilson's contacted him after a stray female dog had the six pups on her property. She then contacted him to try and get the pups taken care of.
The only problem is the Abbeville City Animal Shelter is ill-equipped to handle newborn puppies.
"For puppies that young, shelter life is very difficult," Wilson said. "A lot of them never make it."
Thus, Wilson sent a plea through Facebook and a mass email for anyone willing to accept the puppies.

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