“There were people that wanted her because she was a pregnant pit bull, ” said Peters. “But no one had proof of ownership. They just wanted to have her.”

Two days before Christmas, Mary delivered eight puppies. Sadly, one was stillborn. But the rest of the litter is doing great. Peters calls them “little fatcakes of goodness.”

“Mary is just the sweetest dog, ” Peters said. “She is the nicest girl even with a litter of new babies. Even after her ordeal.”