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Abandoned Dog Finds A Home Retired Couple Adopt Chihuahua Left In Box Near Railroad Tracks

Nick has new digs.

The Chihuahua rescued from a sealed diaper box last week is being adopted by a retired Spokane Valley couple, officials from the county animal shelter said.

LeRoy and Elsie Ohlemacher plan to pick up Nick today.

Fifty-three people, some from as far away as Sunnyside, Wash., called about adopting the black Chihuahua after a newspaper story detailed his three-day ordeal, said Nancy Sattin, county animal control director.

Someone had put the 5-pound dog in a Huggies box, sealed it with masking tape and abandoned it near railroad tracks on the West Plains.

The dog survived three freezing nights without food or water before a passer-by found him Dec. 2 and called the animal shelter.

Shelter workers dubbed the dog Nick, as in “the nick of time.”

The Ohlemachers were the first to inquire about the dog, Sattin said. They have been dogless since February when their terrier mix, Precious, was killed by a German shepherd.

The shepherd, named Sequoia, attacked the Ohlemachers’ dog as they were walking it at the Garden Springs Elementary School playground. Sequoia has since been deemed a dangerous dog and recently was shipped out of state.

Sattin said the Ohlemachers have plenty of time to devote to Nick, who is recovering from a cold. “It’s a perfect home,” Sattin said.

No one has come forward with information about who abandoned the Chihuahua or why, Sattin said.

Shelter workers hope Nick’s story generates interest in other dogs waiting for homes. “Nick is a high-profile case, but we have lots of other deserving animals,” Sattin said. “If the other 52 people who called on Nick took just one dog, we’d practically clear out the place.”

For information, call 458-2532.

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