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

I would love to be able to help with dogs and cats but, I try to help in whatever way I can for our Ferret Rescue. They are beautiful baby's as well as the cats and dogs etc... I will be happy and fly like and angel the day that all abusive humans are punished as badly as they do these sweet animals. Love to Taco he looked like my moms dog Corky.

animal lover

yes i agree with umm..... yo.

animal lover

yes i agree with umm..... yo.

Lori D.Haage

Several years ago a woman on my street came to my door with a story about a chihuahua that was in her garage "terrorizing" her two dogs in the back yard and asked for my help. When I took my trap up to get her, I found that she had a foxtail stuck in her eyeball. I loaded her up in my car, took her to the vet and they removed the weed from her eye, but also determined that she was blind. Three thousand dollars later, she is happy, healthy and has vision even though she will never have perfect vision since her eye was so seriously infected. Chihuahuas have delicate legs and are easily broken as we found when my Matilda jumped off the bed in excitement to go "answer the door." She broke her leg when she jumped down and it was extremely scary. I can't imagine how a chihuahua could even survive being THROWN from a moving vehicle. Thank God that this little one did!


Wow. God Bless you. You have a beautiful heart


A big THANK YOU for what you did, Lori...


I am Glad Taco. was able to be saved,& now has a good home.. Lori D. Haage. I am Glad you were able to help the doggie that had a foxtail in her eye poor baby girl.. did you keep her,& is she still around.


another jewel is added to your crowns for rescuing this beautiful dog...Chihuahuas are dear to my heart...God Bless You

debbie bukovan

Thank you APCA for saving Taco. The people who did this should be thrown from a moving car themselves. I'm so glad Taco has a new home.

debbie bukovan

Thank you APCA for saving Taco. The people who did this should be thrown from a moving car themselves. I'm so glad Taco has a new home.