Stray Puppy Riddled With Cactus Prickles Gets Wonderful New Beginning

A puppy found covered in cactus spines is on the mend and on his way to a new life after Arizona Humane Society (AHS) rescued him. The 5-month-old Chihuahua puppy was found by Animal Control wandering around as a stray with prickles from a cholla cactus all over his tiny body.

“An adorable 5-month-old Chihuahua puppy, affectionately named Cholla Charlie, was found covered in cactus from head to toe and clearly in quite a bit of pain from his prickly predicament,” wrote AHS on Facebook.

Thankfully, veterinarians were able to carefully remove the cactus spines from the pup’s mouth, ears and paws. Ouch!

“After a few days of observation to ensure he had no other ailments, he headed to an AHS Foster Hero home for continued care to ensure no spines were missed, as they can cause an infection if left in the skin,” they added.

Since his initial rescue on July 22, 2021, Cholla Charlie was medically cleared and went to a foster home before being put up for adoption. It didn’t take long for Charlie to find a family interested in taking him home! The prickly cactus will soon be a distant memory for Charlie!

Arizona Humane Society (AHS)

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