Stray found carrying small companion in her mouth

Savannah stray dogs

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WJCL) – It’s been a long, storied road for a couple of Savannah dogs that made national headlines, and now the two may have finally found a new home, officials with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department announced by social media at about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Chachi, the long-haired Chihuahua, and Joanie, his larger pit bull mix friend will be headed to sunny Florida where an unnamed new owner will take them in.

The pair captured the hearts of the officers since they were found roaming the streets nearly two weeks ago.

Chachi was suffering from a horrific eye infection, and Joanie was walking around with Chachi in her mouth. She was carrying him from place to place, stopping occasionally to lick his swollen eye.

Clearly, Chachi appreciated the attention.

“It’s not every day we get to see such devotion between two special dogs like this,” Animal Control Officer Christina Sutherin said. “They are both such sweet animals. But the relationship they share just sets them apart. It would be wonderful if we could find a home that could take both of them. But that is not always possible.”


Veterinary staff at the Metro Animal Shelter could not save Chachi’s ruptured eye, but they performed surgery to patch him up.

After extensive research of the new owner, Sutherin and other animal control officials are making plans to have two of their most famous inhabitants transported.

SCMPD officials said in their post that the two will still have to wait a little longer. The transfer will take place in August after the period required by state law to transport animals across state lines following inoculations.

But for Joanie and Chachi, the attention likely didn’t matter much. And neither does the big trip coming up in a few weeks. Because in the end, they’re about to take the final leg of their great adventure – and thanks to a loving future home in the Sunshine State, they’re going to be doing it together.

Animal Control Officer Christine Sutherin told Joanie and Chachi the big news on Wednesday afternoon. (Photos from SCMPD Facebook)
Animal Control Officer Christine Sutherin told Joanie and Chachi the big news on Wednesday afternoon. (Photos from SCMPD Facebook)

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