Youth worker Dennis Mazur was walking his three dogs — Mahola, Nestah and Solijah — in Saskatchewan, Canada, when a porcupine approached them, releasing its sharp quills at the dogs.
One of Mazur’s dogs, Mahalo, had it worse than the others — severely injured, she required extensive surgery to remove quills from her heart and lungs, the owner told CBC News. Maholo’s survival was “a full miracle.”
“Quills are a tricky thing,” Mazur said. “They go in and they’re just sort of barbed and they migrate and travel and that’s the fear right now. Mahalo had quills that migrated up into her lungs and into her heart, and the fact that she’s alive right now is a full miracle.” (Nestah got a face full of quills, and Solijah got several embedded on his lower jaw.)
So far, a GoFundMe page that Mazur’s friend Mike Gerrand created has raised $12,635 to help pay for the canines’s extensive medical bills.
“Dennis was back at the Vet today with Nestah removing quills from his spine and cheeks,” Gerrande updated the page on Wednesday. “Vet bills are still accumulating and my friend is still not back to work. He is staying home to care for these animals. Please continue to share & donate where you can.”
“These dogs are the love of my dear friend Dennis’s life. They travel everywhere with him and are loved by the special needs clients Dennis works with,” Gerrande said.