Chihuahua Pup “Candy” Found Dyed in Pink, Broken Leg

A 2-month-old Chihuahua nicknamed "Candy," with dyed pink fur and a bone fracture, was found by a Good Samaritan on an East Palo Alto street.

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA reports they’ve already chosen a home for the pink pup.

“We trust that people will understand and -- even though they weren’t chosen – take some comfort in knowing Candy will have a wonderful, permanent home,” Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA said in a statement.

Spokesman Scott Delucchi said X-rays showed the pup has a hairline fracture of the right rear tibia, an injury she likely got from jumping off a bed or couch or from someone stepping on her.  He also said that staff bathed the dog and tried to get her pink dye off, to no avail. He said no one can figure out what kind of chemicals were used. She was found Jan. 13.

"It's not unusual to dye a dog," Delucchi said, citing the plethora of extreme grooming sites out there and that fact that dying a pet typically shows some level of care and attachment to a pet. "But this is pretty wierd."

Delucchi couldn't figure out if the dog was missing, or abandoned.

Delucchi says owners of missing pets should visit the the intake facility at 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo, to look at the stray animals on site and also file a Lost Animal report.

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