Animal control officers in Savannah, Ga., are hoping to find a loving home for a special pair of dogs who have a unique story and an uncommon friendship.
On July 16, the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department issued a release outlining the unusual situation which brought the canine friends to their attention. The department described how the dogs, dubbed "Jonie and Chachi," were found:
Chachi and Jonie have captured the hearts of the officers since last Thursday when they were found roaming the neighborhoods around Delta Circle.
Chachi, a scraggly long hair Chihuahua mix, was suffering from a horrific eye infection. And Jonie, a white lab-pit bull mix many times larger than Chachi, was walking around with Chachi in her mouth, carrying him from place to place, stopping occasionally to lick his swollen eye.
Clearly, Chachi appreciated the attention.
Little Chachi's eye was so badly infected that it had ruptured and could not be saved. Veterinarians were able to surgically remove the eye and Chachi spent time recuperating from the procedure.
As soon as Chachi was strong enough to be reunited with his best friend, a reunion was arranged. The police department described the beautiful meeting:
On Tuesday, Jonie finally was allowed to visit her old friend and shelter staff were treated to an emotional reunion of the two canine friends, complete with licking, whining, caressing and finally cuddling.
Animal Control Officer Christina Sutherin stated:
It's not every day we get to see such devotion between two special dogs like this,"
"They are both such sweet animals. But the relationship they share just sets them apart. It would be wonderful if we could find a home that could take both of them. But that is not always possible."
The dogs have been cleared for adoption - both dogs are up to date on vaccines, are heartworm negative and Chachi has been been neutered. Find the Facebook thread for these dogs here.
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