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Two-Legged Dog Gets Special Set of Wheels

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Poodle rescued from puppy mill in Wisconsin earlier this year gets around, thanks to set of wheels from the Humane Society. See video at: hp?cl=2604475


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Past Member (0)
Monday May 7, 2007, 11:16 am
BROOKFIELD - With her bright button-black eyes and exuberant demeanor, it almost passes notice that China, a 3-year-old white poodle, has only two legs.

"Her mother chewed them off when China was a puppy," Karen Sparapani, community outreach director with the Elmbrook Humane Society said as she watched China scamper with another doggie playmate at the shelter.

"When we rescued her from a puppy mill, we thought she was only missing one leg because her fur was so matted, we didn’t realize the other one was gone, too," she added. "She was kept as a breeder, and to breed, she didn’t need to be able to walk."

"China is one lucky dog," she added as the fluffy ball of white energy bounded off in search of another adventure in the shelter’s fenced-in yard. "She’s a survivor."

"She only knows one speed and that’s to run because if she stops, she’ll fall over," said China’s "foster mother," Carol Sumbry, who she has been living with since being rescued with 20 other dogs back in February.

Beyond surviving, China is lucky for another reason.

Although it seems she can make do with two of the usual four limbs - China is missing her front left leg and her back right leg - as she ages, that may not be the case.

To ease her way, a spiffy mode of transportation has been created just for her.

Generous donors contributed $200 to buy a used cart for China, Sparapani said.

"It was custom fitted for her," she noted as Sumbry lowered China into the black sling hung between the four wheels that will serve as her legs.

In a heartbeat, China is off and running, wheels flying, causing smiles all around.

"She needs a set of brakes," Sumbry said with a laugh as China careened around the shelter parking lot, obviously enjoying herself. "She isn’t too crazy about getting into it, but once she is, she has fun."

China is lucky in another sense, too.

She has a family waiting to give her a loving home.

"She’s been adopted but she’s been with Carol until we could get her cart and get her used to it," Sparapani said.

Sparapani said the shelter has been taking in more and more animals with serious medical needs.

"We started the Animal Medical Fund because we’re seeing things like diseases, infections, open wounds and broken bones," she said. "The shelter just isn’t set up for those kind of problems and they are a financial drain, but how can we deny these wonderful animals?"

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Monday May 7, 2007, 11:23 am
Glitch in the video link above. Please try this one:

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Monday May 7, 2007, 3:52 pm
YEAH !!!! I'm so happy ....

Thank You for posting this. I did see this earlier today but others should see this baby.
A happy story !!
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