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Groom-to-be returns from bachelor party with 8 dogs rescued in the deep woods

Groom-to-be returns from bachelor party with 8 dogs rescued in the deep woods. Photo credit: Mitchel Craddock.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan groom-to-be has returned home from his bachelor party after rescuing a dog and her puppies in the deep woods.

When Mitchel Craddock headed down to the woods of Tennessee for his bachelor party, he had no idea a dog would steal his heart.

"The first morning we were there, we had the front door wide open and we're cooking bacon and we look over the front door to the cabin we're staying in, there is a dog sitting there, sweet as can be but would not come inside," he said.

With no clue where she came from, the group of guys took a liking to her, naming her Annie.

"We figured she is such a sweet dog she's got to have a home, so she will eventually go somewhere," Craddock said.

Without a collar, leash or anyone around, it was clear Annie desperately needed help.

"She was very dehydrated, hungry, I mean everything we gave her and out in front of her she gobbled up as fast as she could," said Craddock.

And that is when the unthinkable happened.

"There was one spot in the woods if anything went by there she would leave us and take off barking and going crazy, and she would go to that spot and then she would eventually come back. We connected the dots, we put everything together and we found a giant hole in the ground. So one of my friends went in head first, we found these puppies we started pulling them out," Craddock said.

One after the other--Knox, Bear, Daisy, Gunner, Brimmy, Finn, and Rose--seven puppies came out of the hole, all in need of medical attention.

"Well, we're washing our puppies, because they had all come out of a hole and they were all dirty, so there was a group of rough men going down to go four-wheeling, but instead they are inside washing puppies," Craddock said.

Craddock tells us each of the puppies were treated by a veterinarian and are all healthy now.

Each puppy now has a forever home.

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