- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 30, 2006

SASABE, Ariz. — A 3-month-old puppy apprehended last week by U.S. Border Patrol along the border west of here with a group of illegal aliens has a new home, a new family and a new name.

The dog, thought to be half coyote, had faced immediate deportation to a local pound after no one claimed ownership. But Minuteman volunteers assigned along the border — who first spotted the northbound migrants — stepped forward to claim the puppy.

It was not clear where the dog’s journey to the United States began, although he survived the trek by eating field mice and drinking water found in the sparse desert terrain.

“Everybody just loves this dog, and I’m sure he has gained quite a few pounds since he arrived in our camp,” one Minuteman volunteer said. “And I don’t believe he’ll ever want to eat field mice again.”

His new name? Minute Mutt, and he’s bound for Phoenix, where his new Minuteman family — including three young children — lives.

“You might call this an immigration success story,” said another Minuteman volunteer, who was preparing with others yesterday to break camp after 30 days of vigils along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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