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Volunteer Buys Wheelchair for Paralyzed Pup

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A paralyzed dog is getting a second chance. Little "Esperanza" was brought to the F-M Humane Society, badly in need of a wheelchair, so one of the volunteers used money out of his own pocket to buy one.

A veterinarian says the 7-month-old puppy was born with a spinal injury, but because of the wheelchair, is now getting around much easier. This is the first dog the F-M Humane Society has taken in that is paralyzed, and staff say the wheelchair has made the recovery process easier for everyone.

"It is going to be easier on the staff and volunteers that are helping with her rehabilitation," explains shelter manager Heather Clyde. "But it's going to give her a lot more freedom and it going to help her out with being able to learn to use her back legs and to go where ever she wants to at the same time."

The wheelchair cost about $300, and other volunteers at the shelter have now chipped in to help with the cost. "Esperanza" means "Hope" in Spanish.  She is not up for adoption just yet, the veterinarian says she has quite a bit of healing to do.

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