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Cactus puppy ready for new home

by Catherine Holland

Video report by Carina Sonn

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:25 PM

PHOENIX -- An adorable puppy is ready to be adopted after an unfortunate encounter with a cactus landed him in the care of the Arizona Humane Society over the weekend.

A good Samaritan heard the 8-week-old puppy crying and called the AHS EAMTs™ after finding the little Yorkie/terrier mix stuck in a vicious Cholla cactus Sunday morning.

By the time the EAMTs arrived on the scene near Seventh Avenue and Dobbins Road, the good Samaritan had already extracted the puppy from the cactus and had gotten to work removing the sharp spines. He had nearly filled a five-gallon bucket.

The puppy, who earned his name Cactus Jack the hard way, was taken to the Second Chance Hospital at AHS, where vets set to removing the remaining spines. According to spokeswoman Bretta Nelson, Cactus Jack was wagging his tail the entire time.

Although he was covered head to tail in the sharp spines for which Chollas are known, Cactus Jack suffered only minor injuries and seems no worse for his misadventure.

Vets checked to make sure none of the spines damaged the puppy's eyes and prescribed medication to stave off infection. Now Cactus Jack is good to go home.

AHS staff had hoped somebody would come forward and claim the de-cactified puppy, but nobody did. Because of that he'll be available for adoption Thursday at 11 a.m.

He's at the AHS Sunnyslope facility and he's eager to meet you.

In the event that multiple people arrive to adopt him, AHS will host a drawing for the special little guy. A dog and child introduction will be required and his adoption fee is $160 and includes his neuter surgery, vaccinations, follow-up vet exam, ID tag and collar.

For more information, people can call 602-997-7586.

To request an ambulance for a sick or injured stray animal or an animal in distress, call 602-997-7585 ext. 2073. Services are free and available daily, 8 a.m-7 p.m.

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