Three dogs in Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada, learned the hard way that it’s really best to avoid porcupines.
Late last month, the trio — Mahalo, Nestah and Soljah — were out walking near their home, when 9-year-old Soljah discovered a porcupine hiding in an abandoned barn, the Toronto Star reports. The prickly animal wasn’t too keen on the canine visit and, as porcupines do, released several quills straight to the dog’s chin.
As expected, 19-month-old Mahalo and 9-month-old Nestah reportedly came to their older brother’s rescue. But the incident almost turned deadly when Mahalo jumped on top of the porcupine.
The veterinarian had to pull more than 1,000 quills out of Nestah’s face and one is still lodged in his spine, Dennis Mazur, the dogs’ co-owner, said. Mahalo, however, received the brunt of the attack with some of the quills lodged in her lungs and one piercing her heart, the paper reports. The pup’s required surgery and vet bills are expected to reach more than $10,000.
“The doctor said it’s a miracle,” Mazur’s friend and GoFundMe page creator Mike Gerrand said. “If all things go according to plan, they should make a full recovery.
The GoFundMe page had raised almost more than $12,000 in seven days at the time of publishing this article. Gerrand says (on the page), “These dogs are the love of my dear friend Dennis’s life they travel everywhere with him and are loved by the special needs clients Dennis works with.”
Although the dogs will be OK, the porcupine was killed during the attack.