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Tue Dec 31, 2013, 04:31 PM


Shih Tzu rescues kitten from ravine (and then adopts her)


When Anderson County Animal Control Officer Michelle Smith got a call in May about a whimpering dog, she expected to find a lost pet or injured stray. What she discovered at the bottom of the South Carolina ravine was a perfectly healthy Shih Tzu nursing a kitten.

"I think it would have been okay for the dog to walk down the hill," she told Fox Carolina. "But it just didn't want to leave the kitten."

Smith took the unlikely duo to local animal shelter Anderson County PAWS where the animals were placed in an enclosure together.

Shelter director Jessica Cwynar said the dog was likely going through a "pseudo-pregnancy," which allowed her to produce some milk. However, it wasn’t enough to sustain the kitten, so shelter staff had to bottle-feed her.

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