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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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Beck Watson

Try again, didn't take . Punish these people as badly as they hurt the animals they mistreat. I help our Rescue with Ferrets. I love all animals. But, I get rescues of ferts. Good luck.

Judy Lamon

This broke my heart but brightened it when I read he is doing so well. Thank you for all you do for all the creatures who come into your care. This is why I am an monthy ASPCA guardian.

Leslie

Good for Taco!! And - the people that threw him out of the car - You MUST GO TO PRISON FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE because YOU HARMED, ABUSED and LEFT FOR DEAD a Precious ANIMAL!!! HOW CAN YOU BE SOOOOO CRUEL?!!! Taco - Good Job - very Proud of You for making it!! I HOPE YOU LIVE A LONG LIFE!!!!
An Animal & Dog Lover!!

Laura

That is the sweetest little Chihuahua I've ever seen. I'm so sorry to him that people can be awful, but hooray for the wonderful folks at the ASPCA! I envy his new owners!

Missy

Poor puppy, I feel so bad for it. #supportTaco

Caryn Dahl

So adorable! Anyone who would abuse this defenseless little creature in such a way has got to be psychopath. As a New Jersey native, I am mortified and disgusted that the (NFL) Jets have signed Michael Vick. The idea that that piece of refuse is coming to my state to play millions of dollars to play football makes me physically ill. People who say, "He's done his time", etc. etc. are willfully ignorant of the atrocities committed by Vick and his ilk out of sheer depravity. The excellent book, "The Lost Dogs". By Jim Gorant, is an exhaustively researched account of the Vick incident and is a must-read for anyone who loves dogs, has interest in football, or simply wants to know the truth. Reading it is extremely traumatic and gave me nightmares, (NO CHILDREN!) but it has taught me to how desperately our help is needed by innocent animals by Taco.

Caryn Dahl

So adorable! Anyone who would abuse this defenseless little creature in such a way has got to be psychopath. As a New Jersey native, I am mortified and disgusted that the (NFL) Jets have signed Michael Vick. The idea that that piece of refuse is coming to my state to play millions of dollars to play football makes me physically ill. People who say, "He's done his time", etc. etc. are willfully ignorant of the atrocities committed by Vick and his ilk out of sheer depravity. The excellent book, "The Lost Dogs". By Jim Gorant, is an exhaustively researched account of the Vick incident and is a must-read for anyone who loves dogs, has interest in football, or simply wants to know the truth. Reading it is extremely traumatic and gave me nightmares, (NO CHILDREN!) but it has taught me to how desperately our help is needed by innocent animals by Taco.

Caryn Dahl

So adorable! Anyone who would abuse this defenseless little creature in such a way has got to be psychopath. As a New Jersey native, I am mortified and disgusted that the (NFL) Jets have signed Michael Vick. The idea that that piece of refuse is coming to my state to play millions of dollars to play football makes me physically ill. People who say, "He's done his time", etc. etc. are willfully ignorant of the atrocities committed by Vick and his ilk out of sheer depravity. The excellent book, "The Lost Dogs". By Jim Gorant, is an exhaustively researched account of the Vick incident and is a must-read for anyone who loves dogs, has interest in football, or simply wants to know the truth. Reading it is extremely traumatic and gave me nightmares, (NO CHILDREN!) but it has taught me to how desperately our help is needed by innocent animals by Taco.

SHARYN

I...just...cannot. :'(

edithprickley

I am so beyond grateful for those who rescue and rehabilitate horrendously abused animals. I wish the law would accept that animals are not mere property. Punishment for those who do these cruel things to animals should mean mandatory jail time, meaningful fines and the label, felon, for life.

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