:) A Californian woman has rescued and adopted four Iraqi pups, along with their mother, who were facing starvation in the Iraqi desert. Marcy Christmas, 51, of Carmillo, spotted the destitute canine family on a tv report on April 10th. A hungry, miserable mother could be seen behind the reporter with six puppies. Distressed by their plight, Christmas atemted to contact the reporter she had seen in the broadcast, then got in touch with the ASPCA, which had already launched a mission to save gazelles in Iraq. Margret Ledger, promised Christmas that she would find the dogs, and she suceeded. At the time of the rescue, which was carried out by a veterinarian with U.S. militairy escorts, the mother was so weak she could barley stand. A local Iraqi famliy offered a home for one of the puppies, and a U.S. militairy personnel adopted another. Christmas then paid to have the remaining four puppies, and their mother flown to Paris, checked by a veterianrian, and then flown to Los Angeles, where they were delivered into her care. It is an amazing story. All the puppies came out of their crates healthy after that long flight. Christmas is an experienced dog rescuer, and now owns ten dogs. What an amazing story!