This 5-year-old chihuahua is in need of a new home after her owner died from the coronavirus

MSPCA staff say the pup, Chloe, is shy at first but very friendly.

A 5-year-old chihuahua is in need of a new home after her owner passed away from COVID-19, the MSPCA says.

Chloe was surrendered from a home in Brockton on April 17 and is being cared for at the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center in Jamaica Plain. MSPCA staff say the chihuahua is shy at first, but is friendly and would do well in most homes.

According to the MSPCA, the number of animals surrendered to its adoption centers has decreased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is concern that the trend is temporary.

“We are bracing for a wave of COVID-19 surrenders in the coming weeks as both the disease—and the economic fallout associated with it—bite deeper in Massachusetts,” Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs, said in a statement.

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According to the MSPCA, Chloe was brought in with a metal plate attached to the bones of her right front leg; the plate should have been removed after she healed from a 2016 surgery for a broken leg. Shelter staff are concerned about the impact of the plate remaining attached and are evaluating whether or not it can be removed. If it cannot be removed without damaging her leg, the MSPCA said her leg will be amputated to prevent any further health issues related to the plate.

“We’ve scheduled an x-ray for later today and based on the result of that we’ll know if we can safely remove the plate,” Anna Rafferty-Arnold, associate director of the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center, said in a statement.

Chloe’s medical bills will be paid out of the MSPCA’s Spike’s Fund, which people can make contributions to in order to help with her care. Anyone interested in adopting her can contact the adoption center at 617-522-5055.


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