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Boston, Mass. – An animal adoption center in Boston is taking care of a Chihuahua who was surrendered from her home in Brockton, Massachusetts, after her owner died from COVID-19.

The 5-year-old pup, named Chloe, arrived at the MSPCA-Angell adoption center on Friday with a metal plate attached to the bones of her right front leg. The plate is from a surgery performed in 2016 to repair a broken bone, and it was supposed to be removed after recovery.

Although she appears to stand and walk with little pain, staff members at the animal medical center are concerned about the long-term implications associated with the plate.

If the plate cannot be removed without creating more damage to her leg, the veterinary team will amputate it to spare her from future health problems.

Chloe’s medical bills are expected to top $1,500 and will be paid for by Spike’s Fund. Anyone who wishes to help contribute to her medical bills can do so by donating here.

Anyone interested in learning more about adopting Chloe is directed to call 617-522-5055.

Due to COVID-19, many animal adoption centers have temporarily transitioned to appointment-based adoptions and surrenders.

Many adoption centers and shelters across the country have seen the number of animals available for adoption decrease as more people seek out furry companionship while quarantining.