Quillen got the point.
The 2-year-old terrier mix will probably stay away from any porcupines she encounters the rest of her life.
The stray dog was found with quills all over her body and was turned over to the Humane Society of North Texas on Monday.
“She had them on the roof of her mouth and the back of her throat,” Dr. Cynthia Jones of the Humane Society said Thursday. “She probably couldn’t drink water or eat.”
A woman found the stray dog, now called Quillen, near Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and took her to the Humane Society.
The quills in her face, tongue, ears and feet were Quillen’s main problem, but she also was covered in ticks and was dehydrated.
“She was probably close to the porcupine and barking at it when the quills were released,” Jones said. “That’s how she got them in the back of her throat.”
On Monday, Jones gave Quillen antibiotics and pain medications, bathed her in Epsom salts and began to pull the quills out. It took almost two hours. Jones estimated more than 350 quills were plucked out.
“On Tuesday, we found a few more because some of the quills had broken off and we didn’t see them first day,” Jones said. “We will probably find more.”
Quillen is expected to recover, and she will be put up for adoption soon.