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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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joann ilgenfritz

I certainly hope that someday our law makers will understand that animals are not chattel but flesh and blood and that animal abuse will not be tolerated in any form. We need strict laws governing this and these abusers need to be thrown in jail with a sentence of at least three years, to start, with no parole. Until this is accomplished, we need to keep fighting for these little ones.

Nanette

God Bless him

Emma

Taco, you are a blessing to your new family. And they will cherish you and protect you and love you forever. You are safe now, darling, sweet little Taco. Have all the fun in the world.

John I.

I will never understand how anyone could do something so horrible to any living creature. I can only hope that God will judge these people and make them pay for the evil they have wrought. I dont know what I would have done if I had seen this (Taco being thrown from a moving vehicle). I can only hope that God would give me the strength not to seek vengeance on these people because God knows I would like to break the neck of the person that did that to this dog.
I am thankful to the people of the ASPCA for all that you do and give what I can. Please put it to good use as you did with Taco.

John I.

I will never understand how anyone could do something so horrible to any living creature. I can only hope that God will judge these people and make them pay for the evil they have wrought. I dont know what I would have done if I had seen this (Taco being thrown from a moving vehicle). I can only hope that God would give me the strength not to seek vengeance on these people because God knows I would like to break the neck of the person that did that to this dog.
I am thankful to the people of the ASPCA for all that you do and give what I can. Please put it to good use as you did with Taco.

John I.

I will never understand how anyone could do something so horrible to any living creature. I can only hope that God will judge these people and make them pay for the evil they have wrought. I dont know what I would have done if I had seen this (Taco being thrown from a moving vehicle). I can only hope that God would give me the strength not to seek vengeance on these people because God knows I would like to break the neck of the person that did that to this dog.
I am thankful to the people of the ASPCA for all that you do and give what I can. Please put it to good use as you did with Taco.

John I.

I will never understand how anyone could do something so horrible to any living creature. I can only hope that God will judge these people and make them pay for the evil they have wrought. I dont know what I would have done if I had seen this (Taco being thrown from a moving vehicle). I can only hope that God would give me the strength not to seek vengeance on these people because God knows I would like to break the neck of the person that did that to this dog.
I am thankful to the people of the ASPCA for all that you do and give what I can. Please put it to good use as you did with Taco.

Mark Nale

A truly heartwrenching story of a VERY LUCKY pup. It's awesome that Taco's tale ended so well. It makes me proud that I am a supporter of the ASPCA. And KUDOS to the team of doctors who were able to put him back together again. He is a very happy looking little dude. "Job Well Done" to the ASPCA!! And to the person that tossed him out the window, What goes around comes around. Karma's a Bitch!

Maria Caldwell

This story brought many tears to my eyes...
It is beyond my comprehension how a human being could THROW ANOTHER LIVING BEING OUT OF A CAR, like a piece of garbage. I think there should be far, far harsher criminal penalties for this type of thing, and most of all, education and building awareness through public media are critical to changing the mind set of people that do this type of horrible thing to any living creature. I am ashamed to be a human being sometimes when I hear stories like this. But also, very thankful that there are organizations like the ASPCA that care.

Lynda Hernandez

I dont understand..there are shelters to leave your animals if u dont want it anymore..why would anyone..do such a despicable act?? This person doesnt deserve to be called a human being..he or she is a monster..a coward..and I pray that Karma will strike them down three times worse..Im so glad this little boy got a second chance

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