This is the incredible moment a dog suffering from a broken leg thought nothing of her injury when she led vets two miles to an abandoned car where she had given birth to 10 puppies.
The Spanish greyhound is thought to have been dumped by hunters when she was spotted wandering alone round a market in Vera, southern Spain.
When rescuers took in the emaciated pooch, who is estimated to be no older than three-years-old, they realised she was suffering with a broken front leg.
They also noticed that she was producing milk, meaning she had given birth to pups in the past week and the vets set out to find them.
However, they didn’t have to search for two long because the dog led the pair straight to her litter, limping on the ground in sheer determination.
Vet Ellen Sobry revealed: “She had a broken leg, was bleeding from the back end and I saw she had milk, so I thought ‘well where are the puppies?’.
“We put a collar and long lead on her and took her back to the market. Then we just followed her for about three kms (two miles) she knew where she was going.
“She led us to them, it was incredible – I couldn’t believe what I saw.
“That dog didn’t know us, we’d only met her like an hour before so it was really incredible how she decided to trust and show us where they were.”
The dog – who has now been named Vera after where she was found – can be seen leaping onto the passenger seat of the car, showing the Ellen and fellow vet Lianne Powell exactly where her babies were.
Lianne said: “There in the back were 10 beautiful, fat little healthy puppies. Needless to say there were tears all round.
“In the state she was in the fact she managed to fend for herself and care for 10 pups is nothing short of astonishing!”
Vera is currently recovering at Ellen’s surgery Clinivet Turre and the vet is working with Ibizan Hound Rescue in Murcia, Southern Spain, to find homes for the dogs when they are fit to leave the clinic.
Ellen added: “Vera and her puppies are doing fantastic and they are all healthy.”