PARKER, Co. — Colorado winters are harsh and when a dog appeared on the porch of Sean Pace and his wife, at first they thought the dog was simply cold. “I saw all this white all over his face and I thought maybe he was frosted.”
The couple woke to find the dog in front of their house and at first believed the dog was simply cold. “He was actually on the mat,” said Sean Pace. “I saw all this white all over his face and I thought maybe he was frosted.”
On close examination Sean could see the one year old boxer mix was actually covered in porcupine quills on his face, snout and legs.
“I was trying to check his tag,” Pace said. “He wasn’t happy about that at first. We managed to get him some food. Got the police called and managed to get him wrapped up in a blanket finally.”
Police told Pace that they had been searching for the dog named Canello since Christmas eve. Police said that Canello ran away from his foster home in Aurora after he had been given up by his owner.
Removing the quills was a long and tenuous process. “Many of them were inside his mouth, in his tongue, nose and his neck and his leg. Some of the quills had gone in one of his eyelids but had fortunately missed the eyeball itself,” said Dr. Jeff Fankhauser, the chief veterinarian at Castle Rock Buddy Center.
It took nearly three hours to remove all of the quills. “The process is fairly straight forward, unfortunately porcupine quills are barbed,” Fankhauser said. “We were able to put Canello under anesthesia. At this point he has recovered well from the procedure. He’s already eating and he looks very stable.”
It is unclear from officials how long the dog had been suffering. “He was a sweetheart whoever gets him next will be lucky to have a nice dog,” Pace said.