Puppy covered in cactus needles rescued, up for adoption

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- A stray puppy with an appetite for desert scenery has been rescued and is in need of a new home.

A man from the Hidden Valley area south of Maricopa called Animal Care & Control this week after finding the brown and white boxer mix covered in cactus needles.

The Animal Control staff believes the dog was so dehydrated and hungry that he tried to eat a cholla cactus.

In response to the dog’s rather painful dining experience, the staff has decided to call the puppy Cholla.

Cholla was eventually taken to the Maricopa Animal Hospital where he was sedated for two hours so that doctors could remove hundreds of embedded cactus needles. He was also neutered.

Cholla, who is about 4 months old, has recovered fully and will be available for adoption at Pinal County Animal Care & Control beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday.

If more than one interested adopter is on hand there will be a drawing or a coin flip.

It is best if Cholla is adopted by a person or family without cactuses in their yard. Cholla will be available for $140.

Pinal County Animal Care & Control is located at 1150 South Eleven Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande.

Cholla is just one of many animals available for adoption. To see other animals in need of a home visit www.PetHarbor.com.