Arizona puppy covered in cactus spines recovers, ready for adoption

Aug 17, 2021, 9:42 AM | Updated: 12:33 pm
(Arizona Humane Society photo)...
(Arizona Humane Society photo)
(Arizona Humane Society photo)

PHOENIX — A puppy that was found covered in cactus spines in Surprise last month is ready for adoption after recovering.

The 5-month-old Chihuahua puppy named “Cholla Charlie” was in quite a bit of pain with cholla cactus spines all over his 5-pound body, including his mouth, ears and paws, the Arizona Humane Society said in a press release on Tuesday.

He was transferred to the organization’s trauma hospital where veterinarians performed a procedure to remove the cactus spines.

After being observed for a few days at the trauma center to ensure no further ailments, the puppy headed to a foster home for continued care.

The puppy is now medically cleared and will be up for adoption to find his forever home beginning Wednesday at the Arizona Humane Society’s adoption center located in the Scottsdale PetSmart off Miller and Camelback roads.

Those who are interested in adopting the puppy can set an appointment online to meet him.

Cholla Charlie is one of more than 11,000 pets that are treated at the organization’s trauma hospital each year, according to the release.

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