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Crippled pup gets new wheels for hind legs

February 22, 2010 7:54:05 PM PST
A poodle-mix dog named "Jack" got a new set of wheels Monday. The year-old mutt was hit by a car, which left him paralyzed from the waist down. It's a big day for a puppy named Jack. The year-old poodle/westie/bichon mix is getting fitted with a custom set of wheels to help him get around.

Jack was hit by a car last year and suffered permanent spinal cord damage, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Initially his owners didn't realize the extent of his injuries and they never rushed him to an animal hospital.

"They wrapped him up in blankets, they fed him chicken soup for months and when they realized he was permanently paralyzed and incontinent, they decided to bring him to our organization to re-home," said Sheila Choi, chief executive officer of Fuzzy Rescue.

Fuzzy Rescue is a nonprofit organization that fosters pets and works with other animal rescues and shelters in the community. Many of their dogs, like Jack, have special needs.

"He loves to play and with other animals, he's very cuddlesome, he's affectionate and aside from changing diapers like a normal baby, there aren't any additional requirements," said Choi.

Jack was fitted for his news wheels by the pet therapists at California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE) Center in Santa Monica. The wheels act as his hind legs, allowing him to run and play just like other dogs.

"They're not going to be dragging themselves around where they scrape up their knees and rear end and get wounds, which can cause other problems, so you put them in wheels and it gives them that freedom of mobility they're not going to hurt themselves," said Amy Kramer, a physical therapist at CARE.

Jack seems to be adjusting just fine, and the therapist says the new wheels will do wonders for his spirits too.

Fuzzy Rescue has given Jack a second chance at life, but they need your help with giving Jack a permanent home. He is up for adoption and if you would like more information on Jack or Fuzzy Rescue, please visit: