Rescuers Capture Elusive White Dog Living With Coyotes in Desert

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Rescuers Capture Elusive White Dog Living With Coyotes in Desert

Posted 2023-02-10T11:35:00Z

The dog, named Ghost, will be up for adoption after medical treatment

An all-white dog seen living among coyotes for months in the open desert outside of Henderson, Nevada, has been captured.

According to, the young dog was likely dumped in the desert as a puppy and a pack of coyotes accepted him as one of their own.

It seems like he may have been put out there between seven and eight months and somehow or another, the coyotes just accepted him, explained Susan McMullen of the Southern Nevada Trapping Team.

According to McMullen, the first report of the dog, which social media commenters named Ghost, was back in July. For the last seven months, when folks in Inspirada spotted Ghost, they posted sightings on neighborhood groups. But, whenever someone would approach him, Ghost would disappear. After recently learning that Ghost may be injured, McMullen and her partner Timi Zondiros set out to rescue him.

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He was actually just running with them and eating with them, but then he started to limp, and we were afraid that the coyotes could turn on him, McMullen said.

Residents in the area shared maps of the paths Ghost would take. McMullen and Zondiros searched around homes and in the desert for days.

We were very nervous about where he was, how he was, recalled Zondiros.

On Saturday, January 29, Ghost walked into a crate baited with food.

When he got into that crate…. he just sat down. I think he was also relieved, Zondiros recounted.

Despite living in the desert with coyotes for months, Ghost is very friendly and affectionate to humans.

He is the sweetest, most loving dog. He comes up to you. He wants to be petted. He wants to be held, Zondiros asserted.

But his time in the desert with the wild canines did not leave him unscathed. His face and body are scarred from fights. He has an ear infection, eye infection, skin issues. His scrotum needs to be removed entirely, and a broken toe needs to be amputated.

He's got some rocks in his belly because he was probably hungry and ate some rocks, so we are just going to watch those and hopefully those will pass so we don't have to have yet another surgery, McMullen added.

Fortunately, since he is young and friendly, once he recovers, he'll be put up for adoption.

He is not crate trained. He is not leash trained. He doesn't sleep at night. He paces. He pants. Nighttime is really hard for him, McMullen described.

We would like for him to be adopted in a loving home where he is going to have a bed, a couch, people to hold him… I believe he is going to be the best dog because they are the most grateful, the ones that are rescued… they feel it, Zondiros said.

To assist with Ghost's medical bills, visit this GoFundMe.

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