A female Chihuahua puppy that had been dyed pink fur and suffering from a broken leg, is looking for a home.

The puppy, named Candy by rescue workers, was found lying in the street and unable to move about 5 p.m. Jan. 13 in East Palo Alto. The Good Samartian brought Candy to the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA.

Care providers at the shelter estimate the dog is about 2 months old. She didn't have a collar or microchip, and efforts to find her owner have been futile. No one has contacted or visited the shelter to report her missing.

An X-ray showed a hairline fracture of the right rear tibia. A fracture of this kind in a dog her size could have occurred from jumping off a bed or couch or from someone stepping on her. She is being treated with pain medication and rest, and will not require surgery or a cast at this time.

"We don't know if an owner is missing this dog and hoping to be reunited, but, if so, that would be our priority," said shelter spokesman Scott Delucchi.

The shelter encourages any owners missing pets to visit the their intake facility at 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo, to look at the stray animals on site and also file a lost animal report.

Because the dog's legally-mandated holding period has expired and no owner has come forward, the Humane Society is now looking to place the dog into foster care. The group also will consider potential adopters as long as they fully understand that the first few months will need to be quiet, recuperative ones, and that they also acknowledge the dog's condition.


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Interested foster parents or adopters can call 650-340-7022, ext. 382.

Until a foster or permanent home is found, the medical staff will continue to supervise Candy's cage rest and provide pain medication.

Workers have bathed Candy but the dye did not come off. It is unclear, Delucchi says, what was used to dye her, how quickly it will fade or if it will ever disappear entirely.

Contact Joan Morris at jmorris@bayareanewsgroup.com or 1700 Cavallo Road, Antioch, CA 94509. Follow her at Twitter.com/AskJoanMorris.