Tommy: Paralyzed puppy regains ability to walk because of you
A few months ago, we created a campaign for our friends at Second Chance Rescue for a pup named Tommy.
An eyewitness called Animal Control about a tuny puppy stuffed in a duffel bag on a college campus. When found, Tommy was paralyzed due to blunt force trauma to his spine. Tommy could not control his bladder and he could barely walk, only dragging his hind legs in what seemed to be incredible pain. Spinal traumas are one of the most risky pulls for rescues due to the fact that they usually require a specialty emergency center, a neurologist and an expensive MRI to determine the integrity of his spine. Such treatment and medical needs would cost more than $5,000 alone, not to mention the months of physical therapy needed.
But, this did not deter Second Chance Rescue. Rescuers marched right to the shelter and rushed him to the emergency vet to begin the diagnostics. Every minute was important, especially in cases of spinal injury.
After seeing a panel of experts and undergoing several diagnostic tests, doctors knew he had deep pain sensation in his extremeties. But, results on causation and extent of injuries were inconclusive. What doctors hoped for was that he would regain mobility and lessen his pain with aggressive physical therapy combined with water therapy for several months.
Because of everyone who purchased tees, hoodies, bracelets and totes to help this puppy, the rescue began the therapy sessions they prayed would give Tommy the ability to walk pain-free.
In just a matter of 4 weeks of daily therapy, Tommy was tearing up the road -- jumping, running, swimming and playing just like a little puppy should.
We are so happy to announce that Tommy has been adopted by a vet and continues to run around with no care in the world.
When you see this video of Tommy today, you will shed some happy tears guaranteed!
TOMMY THE BABY PIT WHO WAS DUMPED IN A DUFFEL BAG WITH A BROKEN SPINE UPDATE WHAT?????!!!!!!!!! That's how we roll folks. he is adopted by a vet and runs around with no care in the world TAKE IT TOMMY BOY!Posted by Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs on Sunday, September 24, 2017