A three-legged Chihuahua that gained local fame after a 14-year-old girl paid for its surgery has found a home.

Optimus Prime, as the dog was dubbed by staff at Humane Society of the Black Hills, was adopted last week by a young couple that asked to remain anonymous, said Steve Hawley, the Humane Society's new director. He said the couple has no children or other pets.

The smooth-coat Chihuahua was brought to the shelter April 21 by a passer-by who found him on West Main Street. He had been struck by a car and needed one leg amputated. Shelter volunteer Emily Thies offered to pay the dog's $500 surgery bill, even though her family could not adopt him.

After a story appeared May 24 in the Rapid City Journal, area residents donated more than $400 to repay Emily, who had earned the money baby sitting and pet sitting.

And when readers learned that Optimus Prime was ready for adoption a few weeks ago, they practically lined up to fill out adoption requests.

"Any time we have any of the three-legged or injured (animals), we usually have quite a list before it's over," Hawley said. "We even had calls from out of state."

He's hoping people who were interested in Optimus Prime might be just as happy to take home another animal.

"We always have plenty," Hawley said.

For more information call 394-4170 or visit the shelter at 1820 E. St. Patrick St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Contact Heidi Bell Gease at 394-8419 or heidi.bell@rapidcityjournal.com

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