A paralyzed puppy abandoned in a dumpster just a couple of months ago is today walking around in a special wheelchair and soothing a couple of autistic children in Tampa, Fla.
Sandy Lewers, 55, went into a Tampa shelter Sunday without the intention of adopting an animal, however the sound of the dachshund’s bark instantly stood out. Lewers has had dachshunds ever since she was 11 or 12 years old.
“I heard the very unique dachshund bark. I know that bark, and I demanded to see the dog,” Lewers, a retired U.S. Postal Service worker, said. “I saw Willie, and my heart melted.”
An employee at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay discovered Willie last year in December in a box by a trash bin near the humane society’s facilities. The dog’s tail and hind quarters from the waist down were paralyzed, according to the society’s executive director.
She adopted Willie that day and carried him home to her 3 other dachshunds, a Labrador-golden retriever mix and a cat.
Willie has been learning to walk with the help of a wheelchair specially made for dogs, which had been donated for Willie. The shelter’s veterinarians had also put Willie on steroids.
“It has helped the children tremendously,” she said. “It has helped our daughter overcome some seriously sensory issues she had.”