Boxer will need new home after recovering from porcupine encounter

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DENVER — Canello the 1-year-old boxer-mix will soon be looking for a good home. He’s recovering right now after surviving a horrible encounter with a porcupine.

It was a chilly 6 a.m. Friday morning when Sean and Jenn Pace woke up to find a dog cuddled up on their front porch.

“I saw all this white all over his face, and I thought maybe he was frosted,” Sean Pace said.

When he looked a little closer, Pace saw porcupine quills covering the dog’s face, snout and legs.

“I was trying to check his tag and he wasn`t happy about that at first,” Pace said. “We managed to get him some food. Got the police called, and managed to get him wrapped up in a blanket finally.”

The Parker Police Department and Animal Control had been looking for the boxer-mix, Canello, since December 24, 2015, when he escaped from his Aurora foster home, after he was given up to the Dumb Friends League shelter by his previous owner.

Police spotted him Wednesday in Douglas County, but Canello ran from the officer. The shelter said they were trying to help him work through some fear issues.

He was eventually found by the Pace family in Parker, with hundreds of quills in his skin.

“Many of them were inside his mouth, in his tongue, nose, and his neck and his leg,” said Jeff Fankhauser, the chief veterinarian for the Dumb Friends League. “Some of the quills had gone in one of his eyelids but had, fortunately, missed the eyeball itself.”

Fankhauser provided some perspective on the 3-hour removal surgery, which was performed by his colleagues at the Castle Rock Buddy Center.

“The process is fairly straight forward,” Fankhauser said. “Unfortunately porcupine quills are barbed… we were able to put Canello under anesthesia. At this point, he has recovered well from the procedure. He`s already eating. He`s stable.”

It’s a painful lesson learned for Canello.

“Well hopefully he`ll remember not to interact with porcupines,” Fankhauser said.

Canello will be transferred to the Denver shelter this weekend for further observation. Once he heals and the shelter determines the kind of care he’ll need, he will eventually be put up for adoption.

“He was a sweetheart,” Pace said. “Whoever gets him next will be lucky to have a nice dog.”

If you’re interested in adopting Canello, the shelter admits it will take some time. You can contact the Dumb Friends League at (303) 751-5772.

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