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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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Peteena Poodle

You know whats are very sweet intelligent little animals. They are far worse than rats!

Larry B

Happy Ending!! I would like to meet up with the person who threw Taco from the car. I cant say what he/she would have to endure at my hand.

CorgiMom

So grateful for the work of animal rescuers and the ASPCA. I'm so glad this pup was given a chance to know love and compassion. Bravo to everyone that steps up and takes responsibility for abused and neglected animals.

But ASPCA, what about the monsters that did this? Were they ever caught and charged? Please also include that info in these stories if possible because we want to know if justice has been served, and animal abusers need to know that animal cruelty is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

We have to keep fighting for tougher anti-cruelty laws. There is no place in this society for abusers.

Warren

Bravo.

Linda

I have had 3 chi's in my lifetime and they are the greatest. Two of them were rescues and the first I had from the time she was 8 weeks old. I love them dearly and anyone that could abuse an animal, like Michael Vick and etc., are nothing more than animals themselves. To me, "The more people I meet, the more I like my dog" Best of luck to the adopter of Taco, he is beautiful>

pj

TACO is beautiful. we have a chia mix and they are just adorable creatures. Thanks ASPCA for your work! We could use you in our area too.

Dresia Vaughn

In this world, of sinful people, (not all) but those to like in inflict pain on others as well as animals and other creation of life. A dog/Cat is a man's best friend. They love unconditionally, they know when you're sad, happy, excited, moody, and sick, and they know trust me. They are more empathetic, sympathetic, loving, kind hearted, sensitive, humble, loyal, and protective then your fellowman. You can trust them with all your heart soul and mind. They are the ones that are Christ like. Therefore, they should be treated with the utmost respect, love and care. Our four legged friends deserve it.

Dresia Vaughn

In this world, of sinful people, (not all) but those to like in inflict pain on others as well as animals and other creation of life. A dog/Cat is a man's best friend. They love unconditionally, they know when you're sad, happy, excited, moody, and sick, and they know trust me. They are more empathetic, sympathetic, loving, kind hearted, sensitive, humble, loyal, and protective then your fellowman. You can trust them with all your heart soul and mind. They are the ones that are Christ like. Therefore, they should be treated with the utmost respect, love and care. Our four legged friends deserve it.

Dresia Vaughn

if i ever live long enough to see retirement, i will be their voice, their mother father and protector. I give to ASPCA anyway, but if i have too, i will die protecting one.

Shannon

This story is so encouraging. Thank you, ASPCA, for making the impossible possible!

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