A Chihuahua with only two legs has spent his time since he was impounded as a stray last Tuesday winning hearts at the San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control shelter in Devore, California.
Joey was picked up in the city of Highland after concerned citizens called to report an “injured dog" running around in the streets. When the Animal Control Officer arrived, he realized that the little Chihuahua did not seem to be injured but had only two legs and a lot of determination to avoid capture.
Among those Joey charmed at the shelter was Doug Smith, Supervising Animal Control Officer, who appeared with Joey in the video report by CBS Local News. Smith announced that, if his owner did not claim him, Joey would be available for adoption on Sunday, Feb. 8.
But, Smith was so smitten with the indomitable little dog that he entered his own name into the lottery-style drawing that would determine which prospective adopter would win the opportunity to take Joey home. He waited on Sunday morning with nearly 20 others interested in Joey, hoping that the little dog he “had fallen in love with” might become a permanent part of his family.
When he ended up winning the drawing, he was elated, writes Grace Wong, reporter for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
“He’s just a cool little dog,” Smith told her. “He took my heart away.”
He added that his 13-year-old daughter, Rodri, “already has a spot in her room picked out for his bed. Everyone is excited.”
Rodri saw Joey on TV on Friday and went to the shelter Saturday to see him.
“I said I needed that dog. I needed that dog,” Rodri said. “I wouldn’t stop talking about it.”
Smith told the Daily Bulletin that Joey’s lack of legs is probably a birth defect, and it is estimated that he is now 5 or 6 years old. Because of his physical impediment, Smith said he will try to make sure Joey is on soft surfaces so his legs won’t be strained.
Rodri is looking forward to playing with Joey and training him. She said Joey will be well taken care of and she hopes he will like his new home.