A pitbull died after it had a run in with a porcupine and got his face and body covered in the beast's needles.
Chester, the family dog of Miranda DeGennaro, from New Jersey, US, bolted at the porcupine when he noticed it in the garden.
His owners tried to stop him, but he was like a dog with a bone as he made a beeline for the spiky beast.
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“They said at the animal hospital they have never seen quills that bad in their entire life,” Miranda NJ.com on Tuesday.
And the pictures do her words justice, as Chester is seen with scales piercing his nose, face, neck and chest.
A few days after being rushed to the animal hospital, Chester succumbed to his horrific wounds and passed away.
The nine-year-old pitbull mix picked the fight with the porcupine on September 2, on the decking of the family home in Montague, Sussex County.
His owner said he was in agony in the days leading up to his death.
“We saw him running and barking, so we ran down the deck, but it was too late,” the owner said.
DeGennaro said some of the sharp quills ended up inside Chester.
“Being that he swallowed some, they just went everywhere,” she said.
A vet “successfully removed the quills from his face and mouth but there were well over 20 quills stuck in his chest/abdomen," a GoFundMe set up to raise money for the pooch's vet bills read.
"They removed as many as possible, but the fear now is that the remaining quills will begin to migrate into his body rather than out."
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The fundraiser, set up by a friend of the family, called Chester “a very energetic boy,’’ adding, “Well, this past week, he decided to take on a porcupine; needless to say, it didn’t end well.”
DeGennaro said that the vet was concerned one of the moving needles inside the dog might stab Chester’s heart, so she agreed to the costly surgery.
But he died and De Gennaro, a housekeeper, is stuck with a veterinary bills of more than $19,500, or £16,870.
Once threatened, porcupines will chatter their teeth and produce a chemical odor to warn off predators.
If the threat continues, the porcupine will turn its back, raise its quills and lash with its tail.
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