Lisa Beattie exercises each day in Cherryville by hitting the pavement with a friend and her sister-in-law.

The animal lovers have made a few four-legged friends along their route, adapting their routine to bring dog treats and show some attention to three dogs who spend their days chained up outside.

But when the women noticed one of the dogs struggling in labor Monday, they sprang into action – taking the dog to a veterinarian in Shelby where it ultimately had six puppies by cesarean section.

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