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Officials: Mutilated puppies to find new homes by next week

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Sunny and Cher won't be home for Christmas, but the two Labrador puppies whose ears were cut off should be placed with adoptive families shortly after the holidays.

Sunny was found Nov. 19 in a trash bin in Mission Valley with his ears clipped, while Cher was picked up by a vet in Tijuana, also with her ears mutilated.

County animal officials think someone in Mexico sliced off their ears to prepare them for dog fighting or to make them look like pit bulls.

More than 100 people have offered to adopt the 2-month-old pups, and the San Diego County Department of Animal Services plans to place them in two separate homes.

Officials think they've found a home for Cher, but her brother Sunny still has some applicants to be screened, and it will take until next week to come up with a match, said Animal Services Lt. Kalani Hudson.

"Meeting individual needs of the animal is important and takes some time to consider the age of the animal, personality and breed in order to match them with a family," Hudson said.

Since the two dogs have not spent much time together, animal services officials aren't worried about separating them.

More than 1,000 animals in the county's three shelters are available for adoption during the "Your Price is Right" promotion that enables people to name their purchase price of choice for the adoption of any animal.

Money from the promotion will be placed in a "Spirit Fund" to pay for animal surgeries and rehabilitation, similar to the services that were given to Sunny and Cher.

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