Littlest of the Middleboro Puppies Goes Home for the Holidays Today

ARL reports Babybel has recovered from cruel conditions and looking forward to romping in the snow 

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1:30 PM, Friday, December 13, 2013
ARL’s Dedham Adoption Center
55 Anna’s Place, Dedham, MA

Dedham, MA –Life is looking very merry and bright indeed this holiday season for Babybel, the tiniest of the 13 puppies found jammed into a crate during a SWAT team raid at a home in Middleboro earlier in October.

The 5-week-old puppies were covered in filth, emaciated, and dehydrated, and according to the director of the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston’s Center for Animal Protection, Lt. Alan Borgal, they had clearly been living in cruel conditions.

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Babybel, pictured above, remained under the care of a local veterinarian in the first few days after police discovered her jammed in a crate with her 12 siblings.

The local veterinarian who provided urgent care after their rescue described Babybel and her siblings as “little bone racks,” and reported they each weighed in at 2 pounds or less. He believed sickly Babybel wouldn’t have made it through another night if authorities hadn’t found her.

Too frail to travel, she remained under the care of the local veterinarian until she could join her siblings at the ARL’s adoption center in Dedham a few days later. Because she needed more one-on-one care to heal and develop physically and socially, Babybel went to a dedicated ARL foster volunteer to get the special attention and training she needed.

In just a few short weeks, Babybel has grown by leaps and bounds. Her foster mom provided details on her personality and habits so the staff at the Dedham adoption center could find her a safe and loving home.

Now recovered from cruel conditions, today Babybel goes home for the holidays with her new family.

To learn more about the Middleboro puppies rescue and recovery, visit

About the Animal Rescue League
Founded in 1899, the Animal Rescue League of Boston is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.

The ARL launched “Home for the Holidays,” a month-long community outreach campaign in December to encourage adoption and support for shelter animals. By featuring stories of animals rescued from cruel conditions, now recovered and living happy lives, as well as animals available for adoption, the ARL hopes to find more animals a home this holiday season.

To learn more about the ARL’s “Home for the Holidays” visit