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Paralyzed Pup Gets a Second Chance at Life

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 1:30pm

At four years old, Taco seems like any other dog. He plays with toys, snuggles in bed, and runs around with fellow pups. But if you look closely, you’ll notice that Taco isn’t like most other dogs. He has a limp, a drag in his step that serves as a reminder of all he has been through.

You see, Taco’s life wasn’t always toys and blankets. Last year, his neck and spine were broken when he was thrown from a moving car. By the time he made it to the ASPCA Animal Hospital, he was paralyzed.

Doctors at our hospital moved into action quickly, only to discover that much of the damage to Taco’s vertebrae was inoperable. Determined to help the 10-pound pup, they began a regimen of intensive care that involved painkillers and a full-body brace—keeping him safe and comfortable until he was strong enough to begin physical therapy.

During his stay at the hospital, Taco received love, attention, and unwavering care, possibly for the first time in his life. Slowly but surely, he regained his mobility. When he was ready, he transferred to our Adoption Center and was quickly adopted into a loving home. Though Taco will always have a limp, his new family tells us that “he is full of energy and life, and he never lets his gait hinder his stride.”

When you donate to the ASPCA, you are supporting the anti-cruelty work, medical expertise, and adoption services that make us national leaders in animal welfare. Without these things, Taco might not have survived.

We believe that one day, animal cruelty—like Taco’s trauma—will be a distant memory. But until then, we need your support to keep saving lives. Please make a gift today.
 

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Sarah K.

Same here, animal abuse is the one thing that throws me into a complete rage. I'd make sure to give those jack asses a taste of the "eye for an eye" rule.....and then some. Having to do time would be worth teaching them a lesson and making them pay. As for now, I hope that at least karma catches up to them.

Susan Moore

AMEN to that, these Horrible Animal Abusers need to be done the same way that they abuse animals. Susan Moore

Susan Moore

I totally agree with you. I believe that anyone who abuses any animal should be done the same way that they did to these Precious Souls. Susan Moore

Caren Boyd

I absolutely agree with you!!!!!

pooh4591

Try 10 fold anyone that would hurt a little defencless dog would just as well hurt a child the no good #$%^&*(@ they pick on little ones that can't fight back how sick is that but yes they will have it come back and bite them in the end where the dog should have bit'em

I love my pets

I am not an animal activist, but I sure do believe in the fact that they are gifts, and as such should be given love, food, shelter and respect. I know they have emotions and feel love, pain, etc.

I have 4 dogs and 1 love bird, 3 of the dogs are rescued as is the bird, and all of them may as well be my children. All of the dogs are spoiled rotten...they get their treats every morning, and the 2 little one's sleep in the bed with us. They have a fenced yard, doggie door, automatic feeder (always full), and automatic water (always full). They get regular visits to the veterinarian. These pets live the life I wish all animals could enjoy. The bird lives quite nicely as well.

I am thrilled for Taco and the great people who adopted him and I hope the little sweetheart lives a long and happy life. My best to all.

BTW, I agree that whomever caused Taco his life-threatening injuries will receive their just "reward" in due time.

I love my pets

I am not an animal activist, but I sure do believe in the fact that they are gifts, and as such should be given love, food, shelter and respect. I know they have emotions and feel love, pain, etc.

I have 4 dogs and 1 love bird, 3 of the dogs are rescued as is the bird, and all of them may as well be my children. All of the dogs are spoiled rotten...they get their treats every morning, and the 2 little one's sleep in the bed with us. They have a fenced yard, doggie door, automatic feeder (always full), and automatic water (always full). They get regular visits to the veterinarian. These pets live the life I wish all animals could enjoy. The bird lives quite nicely as well.

I am thrilled for Taco and the great people who adopted him and I hope the little sweetheart lives a long and happy life. My best to all.

BTW, I agree that whomever caused Taco his life-threatening injuries will receive their just "reward" in due time.

Cindy

It makes me said as most pets are so loving they look at us like their best friends and then some idiot throws an animal out the window, I believe in Karma so maybe they can fall out a window and live the same life...I also agree what comes around goes around thanks ASPCA

Rachel

I agree with yo, and Kevin. I also really believe that there is a special place in hell for people that abuse innocent loving animals like that!!

Martha Kocher

I absolutely agree. (All creatures great and small).

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