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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You wonder to yourself why do people bother having animals at all if they're going to be treated like dirt? The people that threw Taco out of the car should have been tracked down (license number or make of car) and put in jail for animal cruelty They should put themselves in the animals place and see how they would have liked being thrown out of a running car Anyway I'm happy that Taco now has a loving home

Luc Bal

Such horrible stories! I just don't get how people can just throw a dog out of a moving car... even just leaving them behind when abandoning their house! How selfish and self centered can you be!? Shame on them! And yes... it will come back to them 3 fold!
I'm glad Taco is better and found a great loving home! Having adopted quite a few dogs myself... My late Lucy was a golden... beautiful girl... was also abandoned! She was paralized from the hip down, after shaking herself coming out of the water... After the vet's verdict that she would never walk and just put her to sleep... I contacted a Holistic vet in Redlands (CA) Dr. Nancy Modglin, she did acupuncture and taught me how to do pressure points and massage(basic), to help Lucy get better... 8 visits later and a lot of loving...she was walking around again!. I decided to get my certificate for Canine Massage Therapy and Bodywork... and have been helping out dogs ever since!
Check out your local CMP if you have a pet that needs care! Luc in Palm Springs,CA


I can't fathom why people do such horrible things to innocent animals. These are the people that have such dark souls and have no compassion or heart. You have to wonder if they were abused as well. It's stories like these that remind me there are more wonderful loving people out there than these vicious people.

Tricia Hamilton

How wonderful a story. I have been doing TNR for 29 years out of my own pocket.


Karma is a bitch!!!!!!!


I give every month to ASPCA, I have for years and will continue to do so. I love animals and thank all the people that help them.I will never understand people with no heart.


It is an honor to support ASPCA - God bless you for everything you do. Only a true monster could have done what was done to poor little Taco. I only hope that your statement that eventually there will be no animal cruelty will come true soon!


Bless little Taco's heart and the folks that helped him.
Just an observation.....Are you sure he's not more of a Miniature Pinscher (MinPin). I volunteer for the MinPin Rescue and he looks mostly like them.

eugene kuykendall

anybody that hurts an animal would hurt a child

eugene kuykendall

anybody that hurts an animal would hurt a child