A brave husky named Banner has been hailed a hero after she saved seven newborn kittens who were left to die inside a cardboard box somewhere in the woods.
Banner’s owner, Whitney Braley, said that she instantly knew something was wrong when service dog, Banner, became extremely distressed and kept pulling on her dress.
She explained how she followed the dog into the nearby woods, where Banner stopped and started circling around an abandoned cardboard box "in the middle of nowhere".
As she opened the box Banner dived straight in and pulled out a tiny white kitten, and found six more "barely alive" kittens laying inside.
Whitney then returned to her house in Menlo Georgia with the newborn kittens and said Banner refused to leave their side. The dog also insisted on cleaning, cuddling and napping with the seven kittens as if she were their mother.
"She had been acting really weird all morning. I couldn’t understand what was wrong with her. She wasn’t listening to me when I told her to come, which isn’t like her as she is always very well behaved. I knew something had to be wrong. She was getting really distressed. She kept wanting to go into the woods nearby, and eventually started pulling on my dress. She was telling me to go with her, so I decided to just follow along. She raced into the woods and began circling this cardboard box. I had no idea what would be in there. But when I opened it up, Banner dived straight in and pulled out this tiny white kitten. I was shocked." Whitney said.
“They weren’t making any noises, so I thought they might be dead. But they were all alive. Someone must have just put them into a cardboard box, closed the lid tight and left them there to die. Banner led her owner to the abandoned kittens. They probably thought that no one would ever discover them. I don’t even know how Banner knew they were in there. The kittens were freezing and weren’t meowing or anything. She just knew somehow. She is a true hero. If she didn’t find the kittens, they would have all died. I think they were pretty close to death. They only looked around a day old. It makes me sick that anyone could do that to these tiny innocent animals. It’s so cruel and heartless," she said.
After making sure that all the kittens were healthy, Whitney decided to look after the tiny seven babies until they're old enough to be adopted.
Whitney added that "She won’t leave their side. You can see her watching them all the time and counting them to make sure they’re all still there. She lays down with them, cuddles with them and takes naps with them. She is like their adopted mum and she sees them as her babies."
Whitney said, "She is a really maternal and loving dog. I’ve never met another dog like Banner. The kittens are really lucky. If she didn’t find them, there is no way they would have made it. It makes me feel sick to think someone just left them out to die like that. But I’m so happy that now because of Banner, these kittens will go on to live their lives with loving families. It warms my heart."