Dog Loses Ability To Walk After Accident, Witness Takes Him In - KMSP-TV

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share

Dog Loses Ability To Walk After Accident, Witness Takes Him In

Posted: Updated:

A terrible accident on a busy Montgomery County road left a dog severely maimed.

But this story has a happy ending, thanks to the selfless actions of one of the first people to find him.

The dog she rescued is a paraplegic, his back legs paralyzed by the accident.

When some would consider the dog a lost cause, Toni Caiazzo felt that wasn't an option.

"I could stay here all night, just rubbing his head,” Caiazzo said.

They say a dog is man's best friend.

"He just gives you that look. It goes right through you,” Caiazzo said.

For this mixed breed, it's just the opposite.

"He's young and has a long life ahead of him. It's just going to take a lot of time and patience,” Caiazzo said.

Caiazzo said she found a one year old dog along Swamp Pike in New Hanover Township after he was hit by a car Tuesday morning.

"The poor driver. God bless him. He was so upset that it happened. He was there kneeling over him. I think he was in shock himself,” she said.

She saw no collar and no microchip, so Caiazzo took the dog she named 'Tugger' to the vet.

"In spite of all his pain and shock, he looked me in the eye and laid his head on my arm and just stayed like that. Kind of 'tug',” she explained with a smile

The diagnosis looked bleak, a fractured vertebrae.

"I don't think I've seen that length of trauma to the spinal cord sustained from a vehicular trauma,” Dr. Joseph Eagleson with Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center said.

And while Tugger will likely never walk again, Dr. Eagleson said he's going to make it.

"I'm happy with his spirit. I think his demeanor is such that he wants to live, he wants to fight,” he said.

Caiazzo said she's posted Tugger's story all over social media in hopes of finding his original owner and donations poured in.

She's had some leads, but nothing has panned out.

If no one comes forward, she has no problem adding to her pack.

"Everybody is thanking me for stepping up, but honestly without everybody else, I couldn't have done this for him. What I did for him is nothing. What everyone else did for him is just amazing,” Caiazzo said.

Doctors said Tugger should be able to leave the hospital Monday.

Then it will be at least six weeks for his vertebrae to heal before he can be put in a wheelchair.

Caiazzo says several people have stepped forward to give her one.

You can donate to Tugger's cause by clicking HERE.

  • Spotlight StoriesMore>>

  • VIDEO: Dad and Daughter Peek-A-Boo Goes Wrong

    VIDEO: Dad and Daughter Peek-A-Boo Goes Wrong

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:42 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:42:01 GMT
    Every little kid loves a good game of Peek-A-Boo, but one game went terribly wrong when a dad pulled a fast one with a new look.The first few times he lifted the towel over his head to say ‘peekaboo', she found it pretty funny
    Every little kid loves a good game of Peek-A-Boo, but one game went terribly wrong when a dad pulled a fast one with a new look.The first few times he lifted the towel over his head to say ‘peekaboo', she found it pretty funny
  • Couple Creates Art Inspired By Umbilical Cords

    Couple Creates Art Inspired By Umbilical Cords

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:38:08 GMT
    A couple in Utah sells an unusual kind of art to customers around the world, and the pieces are inspired by umbilical cords.The concept combines creativity and medical expertise to produce a unique style.
    A couple in Utah sells an unusual kind of art to customers around the world, and the pieces are inspired by umbilical cords.The concept combines creativity and medical expertise to produce a unique style.
  • Caught Red Handed: Mom Catches Adorable Daughter Stealing Lipstick

    Caught Red Handed: Mom Catches Adorable Daughter Stealing Lipstick

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:58:05 GMT
    If you're a parent, you want to believe that your kids are honest about everything. So, how can you tell when your child is lying?Sometimes, it's just written all over their face! Take a look at one little girl who enjoys lipstick.
    If you're a parent, you want to believe that your kids are honest about everything. So, how can you tell when your child is lying?Sometimes, it's just written all over their face! Take a look at one little girl who enjoys lipstick.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices