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DENVER — Canello, the 1-year-old boxer-mix who was found with hundreds of porcupine quills stuck in his face, snout, tongue and leg, was transferred to the Denver Dumb Friends League facility for further treatment over the weekend.

“Canello is doing well and resting comfortably,” Dumb Friends League spokeswoman Megan Rees said.

A Parker Police Department spokesman said Canello escaped from his Aurora foster home on Christmas Eve only to be found on Friday outside a home in Parker with hundreds of porcupine quills in his skin.

He underwent three-hour removal surgery at the Buddy Center in Castle Rock on Friday.

“He’s a little swollen where the majority of the quills were removed, which is normal, but has been eating well. He is on medication to help his pain and our staff is giving him lots of TLC,” Rees said.

Rees said officials will continue to monitor Canello over the next few days. The shelter does not have an approximate time when he’ll be available for adoption yet.

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