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“Min Pin” Puppy Bought at Pet Store Rendered Homeless after Breaking Leg

“Coco” Surrendered to the MSPCA-Angell by Family who Became overwhelmed with her Care

BOSTON, July 10, 2020 – A four-month-old Miniature Pinscher puppy named “Coco” was surrendered to the MSPCA-Angell in Boston on July 6 after breaking her leg in her new home, the organization announced today.

A spirited and adorable pup, Coco’s curiosity and boundless energy proved too much for her new family.  Anna Rafferty-Arnold, associate director at the MSPCA-Angell adoption center in Boston, empathized with the situation.

“The ongoing pandemic has resulted in a surge in pet adoptions (and purchases), and that’s a very good thing for animals, but when thinking about adding a pet to your life, it is really important to ensure you are ready to take on the change in lifestyle that comes with having a pet at home,” she said.

From Puppy in the Window to Puppy in the Shelter

The previous family’s struggle with caring for Coco was amplified after she broke her front left leg when jumping out of her new owner’s arms while she attempted to leash her, prompting a visit to the emergency clinic at the MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham, which diagnosed a fracture to her radius bone.

Overwhelmed, her owners surrendered young Coco to the MSPCA’s Jamaica Plain animal care and adoption center, where she is recovering.  The veterinary team hopes Coco’s fracture will heal on its own, without further medical intervention, but it’s possible she may require surgery.

“This is a particularly sad case because Coco is so playful and energetic, but her injury will restrict her movement over the next several weeks, and that’s especially tough for puppies who want to run and play,” said Rafferty-Arnold.  “We are committed to finding a home that will provide her the love and attention that she craves.”

“In the event that the splinting does not heal the injury, her new owners may need to pursue higher level care, such as surgery,” said Rafferty-Arnold.

The adoption center is accepting adoption applications for Coco, and anyone interested in taking her home should email  Given Coco’s history, the staff is being especially careful when evaluating potential adopters.

“We’ve redoubled our efforts [since the start of the pandemic] to match adopters with animals who fit seamlessly into their lives, particularly with respect to activity level, to reduce the chances of an adoption not working out,” said Rafferty-Arnold.

Min Pins: Fearless, Fun Loving and Proud!

Min Pins are sturdy, compact dogs with big personalities.  “Coco is so energetic and loves time outside—so we’re looking for a very active family or individual who can keep up with Coco’s zest for life,” said Rafferty-Arnold.

Coco is just one of the more than 100,000 animals whose medical and sheltering needs are met each year by the MSPCA-Angell.  Readers who would like to offset the cost of Coco’s care—and the care of animals just like her—can click here.