FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - A pregnant black Labrador retriever abandoned in Hughesville, Md., by her owner became the 1,000th dog rescued this year by Lab Rescue of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac, according to the rescue group, which saved 902 dogs in 2011.
Bailey, who is three years old, gave birth to 11 puppies in an animal shelter on Christmas Eve. Four days later, Lab Rescue placed Bailey and her lively family in a foster home in Fairfax, Va.
The breed rescue group said that the more than 1,000 dogs saved in 2012 is a new record for Lab Rescue, and that the number of dogs rescued has increased during each of the last six years. Since 2008, according to Lab Rescue, there has been a 53 percent rise, which may be linked to the effects of the economic downturn on pet owners.
Bailey and her pups will be seeking forever homes in the new year, hoping 2013 will be a "lucky 13" for them all. For more information about Bailey and her family, or other Labrador retrievers seeking new homes, visit Lab Rescue's website.