Paralyzed puppy drags herself to remote elephant shelter to get help

Paralyzed puppy drags herself to remote elephant shelter to get help

For the countless dogs that locate themselves homeless and living on the street, life can not be easy.

Locating food, water and shelter is hard sufficient but for those animals that suffer injuries the future is usually bleak.

When Poppy was just a young canine she was discovered dragging her back legs along the road.

Nobody understands how this poor puppy’s spine was smashed but this painful injury indicated she could not move her back legs.

She suffered alone in a remote area till she found herself near an animal sanctuary where workers rushed to her help.

Susanne Vogel was working at an elephant study camp in Botswana, southern Africa, when she and her co-workers spotted the injured dog.

‘ Sweetest spirit’
Animal lover Susanne picked up the poor creature and took her to the nearest veterinarian– eight hours away.

A GoFundMe web page set up to help increase funds for Poppy’s therapy said they were all amazed that she had actually survived thinking about the livestock and predators in the area.

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” She is bursting with the sweetest spirit. We drove her to the nearest veterinary clinic, an 8-hour drive on terrible streets and ferry crossing over the Okavango River,” added fundraising coordinator Amanda Stronza.

She remained in veterinary care until she was stronger with the initial thought that surgical treatment was too risky on a weak canine.

Paralyzed puppy drags herself to remote elephant shelter to get help
Paralyzed puppy drags herself to remote elephant shelter to get help

An update on the GoFundMe page, which raised over $10,000 for her treatment, said Poppy was happy at the Greenside Animal Hospital, a wonderful facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Stand on her own
Her X-rays showed her spine had actually been totally severed and surgical treatment would only put her through unneeded pain and not help repair her spine.

Doctors think that “continued physical rehabilitation will help Poppy improve more and regain strength and perhaps even some ability to stand on her own,” Amanda wrote.

” Poppy will certainly also soon get her own fancy cart, or wheelchair, to help her race around and chase squirrels,” she included.

A permanently house was found for her in Washington DC and staff were dealing with a travel company to get her there.

” Given what I understand now about the seriousness of her injury, I am only extra amazed of Poppy’s incredible tenacity and spirit. What a brave little puppy,” Amanda wrote.

” We didn’t locate her in that remote part of Botswana– she found us, and I truly think she knew what she was doing.”

What an amazing canine! I know Poppy will make a great healing considering her grit and determination.

Please share to pay tribute to all the people that have assisted Poppy on her roadway to healing.