April 8 is National Dog Fighting Awareness Day and Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog is joining other bloggers in this Tuesday’s Tails to increase awareness about the cruelty that awaits dogs who are forced to fight. Dog fighting is illegal in the USA, but loopholes in many of the individual state laws still make it enticing and profitable.
In some states dog fighting is only a misdemeanor crime instead of a felony. In other states there are laws that prosecute the owner of the fighting ring, but there are no laws against the spectators who bet on the dogs or those who own them. The allure of a big payout brings hundreds of people to dog fights each week. Until the U.S. punishes those who attend dog fights and closes the loopholes, the cruelty will continue. Because Pit Bull Terriers are used most often, Tuesday’s Tails is highlighting the breed today. I’d like to introduce you to Kiwi!
Kiwi is a beautiful 9-10 month-old Pit bull that was rescued from a shelter in Jerome, ID. She was hit by a car and had a break in her spine that rendered her paralyzed in the hind end and left her incontinent.
Kiwi was saved by a very unique rescue group called Heath’s Haven Rescue in Post Falls, ID. The amazing nonprofit sanctuary specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of dogs with neurological problems, spinal injuries, paralysis and mobility issues.
Heath’s Haven sent Kiwi to Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Neurology Department for a complete evaluation. Unfortunately they decided there wasn’t a surgical solution to fix the little dog’s spine. Kiwi was confined to rest for 6 weeks to prevent any further damage and let the vertebrae in her back heal.
Heath’s Haven got Kiwi her own wheelchair and she loves it. The rescue group calls Kiwi a “happy, healthy and thriving little girl” who is ready to find new family.
Kiwi has been spayed and is current on her vaccinations. She is a sweetheart that loves to sing and give kisses and will be a wonderful pet.
If you are interested in learning more about Kiwi, please email Heath’s Haven at [email protected] for an Adoption Application. The rescue group will provide transportation for Kiwi if they find the perfect forever home she needs.
You can learn more about the organization on their Facebook Page and www.heathshavenrescue.com. The group began in 2010 after the founders adopted a Husky mix named Phoenix who had been abandoned in a box and left outside a pet store parking lot on a hot summer day. Phoenix was only 6 weeks-old at the time and was unconscious and dehydrated. It was also discovered that she couldn’t use her hind legs. You can read more about Phoenix and where she is today on the rescue website.
Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog joins Dogs N Pawz in their Blog Hop every Tuesday to help abandoned dogs and cats find their forever home. If you would like me to highlight a homeless pet, please leave a message on our Contact Us page. And if you are part of a rescue group, I encourage you to take part in this weekly Blog Hop.
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