Prickly Problem: Dog Gets a Mouthful of Porcupine Quills

Ruckus the dog is recovering well and living in a new home.

One dog got a little too close for comfort to a porcupine in Upstate New York. 

Ruckus, a St. Bernard, was left with a face full of sharp quills after the porcupine attacked him.

The dog was rushed to Lollypop Farm Humane Society of Greater Rochester, where he was sedated. One by one, a vet removed all those quills.

Ruckus was reportedly given up for adoption by the family that had brought him to the animal hospital because it was the second time the dog had done this, and it had become too expensive for them to care for him. 

He was lovingly adopted by Matt Reed and Erin Griffin, who visited the hospital looking for a dog to adopt. 

“While we were there, I saw this big boy. I am in love with big boys, so I look at Matt and say, ‘Matt we're getting this dog,’” Griffin told Inside Edition. “We ended up falling in love with him.”

The couple say Ruckus was already on the road to recovery when they got him and he is doing great with them.

“He is doing very well, he is happy,” Reed said. 

The couple lives in downtown Rochester and say he will not find any porcupines in the neighborhood.