x
Breaking News
More () »

'Cholla Charlie' the pup recovers from cactus injury; has new home, family

After losing their family dog recently, Liz and Larry Dobrin said they can’t help but think a greater power brought all of them together.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Just days after being put up for adoption following a prickly injury from a cholla cactus, Cholla Charlie the puppy is in his new fur-ever home. And his new family is smitten.

Liz and Larry Dobrin first heard about Cholla Charlie’s rescue and recovery thanks to the Arizona Humane Society, on 12 News.

He was found covered from ears to paws in a cholla cactus spines in Surprise last month.

“Liz saw the story first," Larry Dobrin said. "I saw it. We both said, 'that looks like someone we could be in love with.'”

As soon as Cholla Charlie was ready to find a new home, the Dobrin’s son-in-law made an appointment for them with the Arizona Humane Society.

“I was the first appointment," Larry Dobrin said. "I was the first one to see him and it was love at first sight, again.”

RELATED: Chihuahua puppy covered in cacti sticks a full recovery

Credit: Arizona Humane Society
Cholla Charlie the chihuahua was found covered in cholla cactus on July 22 in Surprise.

Now home with Liz and Larry Dobrin, Cholla Charlie is happy and has his own Instagram account, despite his rough beginning with a cactus.

“The early life that he had, you would think he’d be jiggy and nervous, but you saw it when you came in," Larry Dobrin said. "There was no fear. A lot of love for everybody he comes in contact with.”

After losing their previous family dog recently, the Dobrin’s said they can’t help but think a greater power brought all of them together.

“It was sort of meant to be," Larry Dobrin said. "We both, it touched our heart.”

Up to Speed

Catch up on the latest news and stories on the 12 News YouTube channel. Subscribe today.