After Finding A Puppy Covered In Pieces Of Cactus, Woman Realizes It Wasn’t A Dog At All


After leaving her home one morning, Gwen Maxwell spotted an injured animal running across the street to a golf course. It was a small puppy that was covered in chunks of cholla cacti. The 85-year-old retired teacher immediately knew she had to help.

“He’d get up and tumble around with all those chollas on him, and it was just so heartbreaking,” she told

As Maxwell walked closer to the little animal, she realized that it was definitely a pup…it just wasn’t a dog. It was a small coyote pup that had cacti stuck in his back, legs, head, and belly.

Maxwell ran to a neighbor’s home for help rescuing this poor baby. They ended up calling two workers from the golf course to team together in pulling the painful, spiky plants from the coyote’s body.

It wasn’t long before Maxwell noticed that the pup’s mother was keeping a watchful eye from across the lawn. “She kept coming back and holding a vigil in my backyard,” Maxwell recalled.

Worker’s Jose Soto and Assistant Superintendent Shawn Bordine showed up with pliers to remove the cactus from the small coyote’s skin.

“The dangerous cholla cactus spines likely weighed more than the pup herself,” the Town’s Facebook page said.

“As Jose held him, I was able to pull stickers out of his mouth,” Bordine said. “He didn’t bite or make a sound.”


Once all of the spines and stickers were removed from the little animal’s body, they were a little bloodied and probably a little sore, but the coyote pup seemed to be otherwise healthy. He was probably feeling a great deal of relief and gratitude.


“The little pup is a bit worse for the wear but overall doing much better before Jose releases her to her mama,” the Town’s Facebook page said.

Thanks to Maxwell and her quick thinking, they were able to pull all of the cactus chunks from the little boy’s skin and had a bit of medical attention. “Without aid, the pup surely would have died,” the golf course’s Facebook page said.

Of course, the internet was so grateful to the rescuers as well.

“Awww…poor little guy! Good thing they found him when they did and cared for him!” one commenter said on Facebook. “The pup’s mother wouldn’t have been able to help him and he would have suffered much pain and hunger!”


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Source: Animal Channel