Animal control officers have a tough job when it comes to dealing with animal cruelty and injured animals. These situations can be heartbreaking; often badly-injured or unwanted animals must be euthanized. So when Doug Smith, animal control supervisor for San Bernardino County, California, received a call about an injured dog on the loose, he hoped this would not be one of those situations. When the animal control officers arrived on the scene, the little dog didn’t appear to be injured too badly; he took off running and didn’t stop until the officers had cornered him. That’s when they saw that the dog wasn’t injured at all, but was a very healthy two-legged Chihuahua. Two legs?! The little dog was missing his right front and left back legs, apparently from a birth defect, but it wasn't slowing him down!
The officers took the Chihuahua to a shelter and named him Joey. The spunky little dog was a favorite with everyone, and when no owner came forward to claim him, the shelter held a raffle to decide who would adopt Joey. Doug Smith, who'd been interested in Joey ever since he’d met him, has a 13-year-old daughter named Rodri. She went to see Joey and came back, saying, “I need that dog!” Doug felt the same way, and entered his name for the raffle, along with about twenty other contestants. To his surprise, he won!
On February 8th, Doug took Joey home, where he was warmly welcomed into his new family. “He’s a cool little dog,” Doug said. “He just took my heart away.”