A litter of puppies are thriving today thanks to help from local residents. Fourteen pups were born to Nutmeg, an 8-year-old Springer Spaniel who died right after giving birth, leaving the babies orphaned. Three of the pups also died. Owner Christine Conner had to raise the remaining 11, and the dogs needed around-the-clock care and feeding every two hours. "People started ringing up saying 'can we help,' and I said, 'sure, come on over,'" Conner said.