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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With this report you remind me exactly why I am a monthly contributor!!


God bless those that helped him. Divine justice will take care of the monsters who did this to him...... : - )

Shelly Renee Pinks

This is exactly why I prefer animals over people. I donate monthly to several animal groups and would choose an animal over most people any day. This is just one example of how cruel and heartless inhumane humans can be, to one of Gods greatest gifts to us!


The ones who did this should not be thrown from a moving car - they should be thrown from a moving TRACTOR TRAILER! Make the punishment fit the crime and the size of the culprit.


Anyone know if the person responsible was apprehended? I am guessing not since it wasn't stated. Anyway, I hope dear little Taco has the best life possible from here on out!

Laura Zertuche

I also donate to ASPCA and other Organization I am a huge big animal lover I am into all animals big or small I think taco is cute even the name fits him. if taco was around where I am at if I am able to care for him I would give him the best. comfort that he will get.

Corey Petersen

As a paralyzed veteran, whom is paralyzed from chest down completely, I am so glad they didnt just put this sweet thing to sleep...I know you can still live a happy and complete life even with an injury. Also...let people know there are great happy dogs out there that need our help! I foster a dog, with my two little pups of my own, means you can do it too! A little bit of inconvenience is worth a saving a life!


Thank you first of all for what you've done for those of us who are not in the military, but enjoy the freedoms defended by those of you who were and are. And I commend your positive outlook and your gratitude for life, even though you are going through it with immense challenges!


Little dogs are amazing in their ability to recover from injuries in a loving home. So glad Taco is among those that had a second chance for love and a good life.


No animal deserves abuse, but how did taco get hit was it running across the street?