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Stolen Doggie Wheelchair Replaced

Stolen Doggie Wheelchair Replaced

What sort of person steals a dog’s wheelchair?  That’s what Rhode Island resident, Marilyn Proulx must have been wondering when she discovered that her dog, Jack’s wheelchair was missing from the side of her house last Tuesday.

Jack, a 13-year-old lab and shepherd mix lost the use of his rear legs due to two herniated discs.  The specialized wheelchair allowed him to not just walk, but run to his heart’s content.  Without it Marilyn must use a sling to assist Jack with mobility.  It’s hard on Marilyn and Jack.

Having reported the theft to police, Marilyn was delighted to discover the generosity of strangers.  A number of New England news channels picked up the story.  As word spread, offers of wheelchair replacements came pouring in.

A company called Handicapped Pets offered to donate a new, custom-made wheelchair to Jack.  Less than 24 hours after the news broke, Keith Downs and David Holtzen saw the report about Jack on a local station.  Having lost their handicapped dog Gil a year ago, they knew the doggie wheelchair sitting in their garage may have found a new home.  They contacted Marilyn and offered to donate the chair to Jack.

As it turns out, Gil’s chair was manufactured by the same company — Eddie’s Wheels — as Jack’s stolen wheelchair.  They brought the chair for Jack to try on and found it to be a near-perfect fit.   Jack is once again ambulating independently.

It should be noted that Eddie’s Wheels also offered to replace Jack’s wheelchair at no cost but Jack decided to accept Gil’s old wheelchair instead.  Good dog; gotta’ recycle!

Thank you to everyone who called and offered to help Jack get another wheelchair.  Now, if police can find the thief… it would be a happy ending indeed.

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8:46PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

That must really help the people who donated it to know it's getting good use by Jack in memory of their friend. :)

12:27PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

What kind of person steals a dog's wheelchair? It makes me sick

4:31PM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Good news about the kindness of people wanting to help!

12:49AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Yes you bet the piece if sh!t who stole the 1st chair needs to go to JAIL!!! :(

5:52AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

thanks for sharing this article, can't belive someone could be so heartless and still the wheelchair! glad he has a replacement :)

5:22AM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:46AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

I wouldn't put the thief in jail!!It would be much too easy! Instead he should do the dirty work in the local shelter!!For a very long time!

9:33AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

I have a dog that had the same problem as Jack and he is also using a wheelchair that has been manufactured according to his size. I can imagine what the owner felt when se found her dog lying on the ground without the chair. But I am very happy that he received a new chair so quickly. Well done!!!! When my dog passes away, I will donate his chair too. But of course I hope that he will use it for a loooooooooooooooooooong time.

6:11PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

I hope that the scum that did this rots in hell.To Jack, I hope you and all animals in similar situations have long,happy and active lives.

5:56PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Theft is so rough on the victims. It is such a hardship, such a difficult thing to replace most items, because people work so damned hard to earn enough to purchase the item. Now, you have someone stealing a dogs wheelchair. I really hope that it wasn't just a dumb selfish thief. I really hope that it was someone so desperate to help their own dog, that they stole one. At least it wouldn't feel so pointless.

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