When a woman discovered a paralyzed dog abandoned in a South Texas field, she rushed him to the vet in hopes that they could treat him and heal whatever was wrong with him.
However, when the veterinarian examined the six-year-old dog named Hugey, they realized he had heartworms, which is deadly if left untreated, and discospondylitis, an infection that eats away at the spinal cord that had caused his paralysis. The team thought there was no hope, and suggested putting Hugey down.
“He actually has holes on his spine,” said Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.“They really thought there was no hope for him. They were like, ‘Put him down. There’s no hope. He’s paralyzed. He can’t poop and pee on his own. He’s not going to make it.’”
Miraculously, Hugey started walking again just six weeks later. “He went from paralyzed to using wheels to using a sling,” Silverstein said. “And now he’s walking and running and doing great. It’s quite miraculous. He was a pretty hopeless guy. But as the weeks go on, I see in his face that he’s lit up. He’s so happy to be alive and so grateful.”
Now, Silverstein’s mission is finding him a family that can give him a forever home. “He’s phenomenal,” Silverstein said. “He’s loved by everyone — kids, cats, other dogs. Everyone who meets him falls in love with him. He’s very gentle, very sweet and well-mannered. He loves to play, but he also loves to just hang out. He has a beautiful, amazing temperament. He’s perfection.”
Watch the entire video below to see how far this paralyzed dog has come since rescuers gave him a chance.
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[Featured image: Rescue Dogs Rock NYC