Heroic Dog Rescues Kittens Dumped in Traffic

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When a bag of kittens was dumped and run over in traffic on a rural Iowa highway, a dog named Reagan rushed to their rescue.

Iowa’s Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary is home to two kittens who owe their lives to Reagan. Three months ago her owner called the sanctuary seeking help after pulling two live kittens out of a Meow Mix bag that her dog had found in the road.

β€œIt was gruesome, quite gruesome because the kittens…there was a litter of 4 or 5 of them and you couldn’t tell if there were 2 or 3 (in the bag) they had been run over by a vehicle. It was not a pretty sight,” said Linda Blakely of the Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary.

The fact that Skipper and Tipper even survived is difficult to explain, but one thing is certain: had Reagan not found them, they likely would have died on the spot. The yellow lab literally dragged the bag out of the road. Then she dragged it all the way home. And cried until her owner opened it. Reagan’s owner could hear faint cries from the bag, but said she was completely unprepared for what she found.

After recovering from the shock of finding the kittens in that bag, Reagan’s owner called the sanctuary and brought them in. They were weak and required bottle feeding every few hours, but both have recovered fully and are thriving at the sanctuary. They are also available for adoption. Blakely says they probably never would have made it off that road were it not for the love of a dog.

β€œThe instinct of the dog was to nurture and not kill. With all the blood some dogs would have responded to the scent. Reagan the dog is a hero,” says Blakely.

59 thoughts on “Heroic Dog Rescues Kittens Dumped in Traffic”

  1. Hello. I am the owner of Reagan. She is a girl, not a boy. We live in the coutry and she did not dodge into oncoming traffic in a highway, or an interstate, or anywhere. She found the bag of kittens down the road from our house (I know this, because she never roams more than 1/2 mile from our house….ever). She drug it up into my front yard, and there were two kittens alive in the bag. They got baths, food, and cuddles for the night, and after that, the rRescue facility that I called (Raccoon Valley), rescued them and has been caring for them for the past three months. They are healthy, happy and beautiful kitties in need of adoption!!! Thank you.

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    • Don’t let the “questioners” get to you. You know what really happened and they’re just in a negative mood. Some people are born joykillers. You and your Good Dog did a wonderful thing. Big hugs to both of you!!

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    • Many of the people here are incredibly negative–just let it roll off, like water off a duck! They don’t realize their negativity is of absolutely no help to any person or animal. And many don’t understand that country dogs don’t have to live the same way city dogs do!

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    • Thank you Reagan you are a wonderful dog. I love labs. Glad the remaining kittens are doing well.

      The dumper is a horrible person and I HOPE they get what they deserve. What goes around comes around!

      Merry Christmas!

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    • amen girl ur girl did a good thing I think y’all r missing the point this dog helped theses kittens she could of left them or even killed the them but she saved them thanxs goodness for her uve done a great job with her to bad there’s not more story’s like this god bless u for helping those kittens cheers to u and ur baby

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    • Thanks for the clarification. Figured that had to be a female dog to be so nurturing. I love, love, love yellow labs. Best. Dog. Ever. πŸ™‚

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    • The owner states the dog doesn’t roam, your dog is 1/2 mile from home it’s roaming, should not be left out to venture on it’s own, irresponsible, something good came out of it, but it doesn’t change the fact the dog is off it’s property and if it isn’t a traveled road then how did the kittens get struck?
      Let’s never make excuses for irrresponsibility in any form with our pets.
      The dog could have been hit too. And no, all dogs do not run loose and that is not country life, if you don’t want to watch your dogs (to anyone) put up a large fence, no dog should be on a chain or stuck in a kennel.
      This mentality is very typical especially in rural areas.
      Still say good job to anyone that helped these kittens from start to finish!!
      The person that tossed the cats out needs not to have any pets, what a loser.
      Lots of lessons to be learned here but in the end 2 kittens were saved that is wonderful.

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      • Sure, dog *could* have been hit; that didn’t happen. that’s a different story. I think her relationship with her dog is her business and Reagan sounds safe.

        Don’t be grumpy gills and look at the awesome message of this story.

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    • thank- you for your willingness to care for these babies and to make sure they got treatment and thanks to Reagan for her instinct to do what came natural, unlike the creeps that did this. i hope they rot in hell and i hope some day that they get hurt and there isn’t anyone around and they die a cold lonesome death on a dark rainy road.

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    • oh my – i am in la and i am in a desperate situation where i lost my lover of 20 years and all three very loyal and beautiful animals – all four within two months p- and i have been in shock for 14 months – two dogs – 17 and 18 and one lovely cat he was 16 – i will adopt those kittens asap if i can figure out how to do so and they shall live in peace and health and have nothing but pure happiness for the next 22 years of their lives – and i will be a happy man as i grow old – i love compassion wherever it flowers and i love Reagan and all gods creatures – they are the innocents and the light of the world and so, it is written – amen Scott 310 987 9958 i will call raccoon valley tomorrow

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    • Some of these people. They just don’t get it. What difference does it make whether the dog ran, crawled, or skated in traffic? A great deed was done. PERIOD.

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  2. Thank you! Reagan is a very curious dog, and we let her roam because she is a farm dog, and hates being confined (trust me, she made that blatantly clear when we did try). We think it is mean to tie her up all day due to her curious nature, so she is allowed to roam, and chase things and play, and at night, she curls up in her bed in the garage and sleeps. She never goes far…I have NEVER had to go look for her, she is always within earshot. She is a happy and healthy dog, and we love her!

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  3. I hope who ever adopts them will take them both. Please don’t separate, these two will thrive so much better together.

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  4. How sad that no good deed goes unpunished. There is always someone so ready to be negative and make ignorant comments. Ignore the negative comments and know you and your dog did a great thing. I hope the kittens get a great home together.

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  5. @ reagan’s owner,
    thanks for clarifying the story, and telling us a bit about reagan’s life in the country. not every place has or needs a leash law, and in rural areas dogs can run free on an owners property fairly safely. two of my dogs just came and sat for a petting and ear scritch, pass it along for reagan from me, “ranger” and “tumblelina”.

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  6. Thank you Reagan and your mom for bieng there for those baby kittens. You are a beautiful girl Reagan and I hope that you keep up the good work. And for those that don’t know what it is like to live on a farm or in the country…go live in the country for a couple of weeks and you might understand!!!

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