San Mateo shelter's dyed-pink Chihuahua puppy has been adopted

Peninsula Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals staff have announced they have found a new home for a Chihuahua puppy with dyed pink fur that was found in East Palo Alto last week.

Shelter staff had been seeking the dog’s owners after the roughly 2-month-old female dog, which the staff named “Candy,” was rescued by a good Samaritan who found her lying in the street with a broken leg around 5 p.m. on Jan. 13.

No one had come forward as the pooch’s owner. She was found without a collar or ID tags, and isn’t microchipped.

The dog suffered a hairline fracture to her right rear tibia and is receiving pain medication and resting at the PHS/SPCA facility in San Mateo until she recuperates.

Since it had been more than a week after the dog arrived, Candy was made eligible for adoption, according to shelter staff. Staff had received more than 100 voicemail messages expressing interest in Candy’s case before her new home was selected.

Staff said the pink dye has not come off after bathing the puppy, and it is unclear what was used to create the pink color.

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