GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Chihuahua-mix puppy whose story helped increase Kent County Animal Shelter adoptions has been quarantined.
The puppy, named Foxy, was placed under the 10-day quarantine after she bit someone during a Wednesday evening home visit. The bite was not serious, the Kent County Health Department said, but state regulations require Foxy be quarantined because she has not had her rabies shots.
Spokeswoman Lisa LaPlante said Foxy has not had those shots yet because she is too young.
LaPlante said the bite was the first time Foxy has exhibited similar behavior. Health department officials are confident they will be able to resume the adoption process once Foxy is out of quarantine.
Foxy, a Chihuahua mix, was brought to the Kent County Animal Shelter earlier this month and was about 8 weeks old at the time. The woman who gave Foxy to the shelter said at the time that she had found the puppy in the trash in freezing temperatures, but the Grand Rapids Police Department has since said the woman admitted to fabricating that story.
Foxy had to have her injured left eye removed, but quickly recovered and was put up for adoption.
The Kent County Animal Shelter received about 50 adoption applications for her. It is in the process of narrowing those down and finding the right family for her.
Foxy’s story has helped increase the number of adoptions from the animal shelter. LaPlante said adoptions increased 20% the week Foxy was found because families who came to look at her took home other animals.
And Anchovy, a 3-year-old cat with whom Foxy was seen playing in a video recently posted on the animal shelter’s Facebook page, was adopted Wednesday. Someone saw how patient Anchovy was with Foxy and decided to adopt him, according to a Thursday post to the shelter’s Facebook page.
If you’re looking to adopt an animal, you can go to www.icpawz.com.