Circles was only 4 months old when he lost the use of his back legs after allegedly being thrown against a wall during a domestic dispute. Now 10 months old, Circles is in urgent need of help and a foster home.
Circles was taken in by Second Chance Boxer Rescue (SCBR) on Monday after they received an urgent call on Friday. Although they specialize in Boxers, SCBR knew that someone had to step up to help Circles, and couldn't refuse helping the mixed breed puppy.
Bill Gray, founder of SCBR, spoke with DogHeirs from Florida and said "Circles is more than we’ve ever taken on", but they couldn't turn him away. Their goal now is to do everything they can to help Circles get a second chance and a better quality of life.
According to Bill, when Circles was hurt in June, Polk County Animal Control (which is part of the county's sheriff's department) took him to a veterinarian for emergency care. At the time, the vet offered to take the dog, but the woman, who was Circles' owner at that time, refused to let Circles go.
According to Bill, due to legal complications in the case, animal cruelty charges could not be filed.
Bill says that the vet did not hear anything further about the dog until just recently, when the woman called to say she was leaving her husband and asked if the vet could take Circles. The vet wasn't able to take him, but said they would try to figure something out.
That's when Bill got the call about Circles. On Saturday, the vet and SCBR were surprised to see that Circles could not use his hind legs, as Bill said the woman had told the vet that Circles could walk.
Circles is now visiting veterinarians and specialists to assess the damage to his spine. The medical tests will give a clearer picture of Circles' condition and what can be done to improve his mobility.
He's had X-Rays that reveal trauma and damage to three of his vertebrae. He also has a problem with his right hip joint and has lost most of his muscle in his hind end. A visit to a neurologist is planned and an MRI may be taken to help determine the extent of his spinal chord damage and whether surgery will help him.
The "sweetheart" puppy is well-adjusted considering his traumatic early months. Bill said that Circles may have a fear issue with men, as the puppy barked at him when they first met. However, soon after, Circles was giving him kisses and happily taking treats out of his hand. Bill added that Circles attaches to people really quickly once he trusts you.
Despite his disability, Bill said Circles is your "typical 10-month old pup. He wants to 'go go go' but he can’t…yet."
If you would like to help Circles, here is what you can do:
Second Chance Boxer Rescue, Inc
P.O. Box 1233
Thonotosassa, Fl 33592-1233
Update: March 7, 2013
Circles now has his own Facebook page for his supporters!
Bill posted on DogHeirs that Circles has had his MRI. Results show that surgery will not improve his condition. The MRI revealed that Circles' spinal cord is damaged in two places but still intact. Bill writes, "While not the best news, because the cord is intact there is a possibility with intense physical therapy Circles may learn to walk again."
To that end, Circles will be going to a rehabilitation facility in New Orleans. But first he has to find a way to get there.
As Circles cannot fly in cargo, Second Chance has put out an urgent request for a pilot to help fly Circles and his handler from Tampa, Florida to New Orleans Tuesday March 12th. If you know of a pilot who can help fly them please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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