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Forum News Service, Published July 01 2013

One of nine puppies rescued from burial in western North Dakota dies

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Helen, one of the nine puppies whose owner tried to bury them alive at a construction site in western North Dakota, died Friday night.

Ashley Kurtz, founder of Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue in St. Paul posted an announcement on the organization’s Facebook page Friday.

“We received sad news this evening. Helen has passed away at the animal hospital. She had been doing well overall since arriving to rescue, but hit a wall yesterday morning. Her wonderful foster mom quickly presented her to the emergency clinic where she has been hospitalized. She received great care, and was making steady improvements. We were optimistic, but she suddenly declined again this evening in-hospital and passed away quickly,” Kurtz wrote in the Facebook post.

The puppies were rescued last month from a construction site near Tioga and later transported to Jamestown. Helen was one of four puppies the Coco’s dog rescue was caring for from the original nine that were rescued.