Aug 28, 2014 9:30 PM by Lupita Murillo
TUCSON-From being abused and abandoned, to adopted and adored. It's the story of one, tiny chihuahua.
Pima County Sheriff's deputies responding to a south side home last month found the dog frightened with several injuries.
Deputy Alejando Alcantar was working that day and heard over his radio, "first thing I heard was that he was slammed to the ground and then he was slammed against the truck, and that caught my attention more than anything." The dog was covered in Cholla cactus.
Deputy Alcantar said his heart sank, "I couldn't believe someone would do such a thing to such a small animal."
Investigators say Daniel Henry Rodriguez was charged with seven counts of animal cruelty, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of burglary, possession of marijuana, four counts of disorderly conduct, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The chihuahua, Ichi, spent three weeks in recovery the first thing they did according to Justin Gallick, "remove all of the Cholla cactus from all over his body. We had to sedate him, clean him up bathe him, try to get as much of the quills out as possible."
Ichi was given antibiotics to prevent infection and pain medication to help the healing process.
Looking at him today, he's happy, playful, and full of life.
Deputy Alcantar added, "he's brought us a lot of joy and happiness you look at him in at our house and you'd never know he was abused he gets along with neighborhood kids, me and my wife, and our other two dogs he's great."
Ichi got a second chance, Gallick agreed,"that's exactly what this is about saving as many lives as possible and helping to find homeless pets and pets in bad situations get into wonderful homes like little Ichi."
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