I Got You, Babe: Earless Sunny + Cher Reunite

The puppies with problems reunited on Tuesday in San Diego.

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County of San Diego Department of Animal Services said on Wednesday that they took in another earless puppy that they now believe is the sister of an earless male puppy found last month in a Dumpster in Mission Valley.
Officials said the new puppy, which they are calling Cher, was being cared for at a Tijuana veterinary hospital and that a worker from that facility brought the dog over the border on Tuesday in the hopes that Cher could "become a part of the adoption process" already under way for her littermate, which animal-services workers have taken to calling Sunny.
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"This has changed the focus of the investigation,"said Animal Control Lt. Kalani Hudson in a statement issued Wednesday. "It appears the mutilations to the puppies' ears occurred in Mexico, and we have no authority to pursue an investigation if the crime occurs outside the United States. Furthermore, this type of mutilation may not even be a crime in Mexico."
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The folks who have cared for the Sunny said on Tuesday that he’s looking for a home.
Officials at the San Diego County Department of Animal Services said they are now accepting adoption applications for the Labrador/retriever mix puppies. Hopefuls will have to have their applications in by the close of business on Dec. 18.
"Sunny has made tremendous strides in his recovery and will soon be ready for a new forever home," Danielson said.
Adoption applications are available at http://www.sddac.com (under "Adoptions" and "Dog Adoption"). Applications can be printed and dropped off at any of the three county animal shelters locations, mailed to the Department of Animal Services at 5480 Gaines St., San Diego, CA 92110 (Attn: "Sunny Adoption," or faxed to 619-767-2706.
The 1-month puppy's recovery from having its ears severed will take a month or longer, officials said when Sunny was found.
The dog was found in a Dumpster in the Mission Valley Target parking lot.
During surgery after he was found, animal caregivers also found blood in the dog's lungs, so they suspect the puppy sustained some other abuse, possibly blunt force trauma, prior to the incident in which his ears were cut off.
It will take Sunny several weeks to a month to recuperate from surgery and become re-socialized, officials said. During his initial recovery, Sunny has been in foster care.
"With a lot of special care and a lot of loving, Sunny can go ahead and be a well-adjusted dog and be a great companion to somebody," Kalani said after he was found.
Veterinarians suspect the puppy’s ears were probably cut off with either a pair of scissors or a serrated knife, Animal Control Lt. Daniel DeSousa said over the weekend.
Patricia Garcia and her family found the puppy as they left the Target store in Mission Valley. The family heard whimpering coming from a nearby Dumpster and found the 1-month-old puppy inside.
The puppies with problems reunited on Tuesday in San Diego. Officials said Tuesday that they hope the dogs are adopted before the holidays. San Diego County Department of Animal Services Lt. Dan DeSousa talked on Tuesday about placing the dogs.
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