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

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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.

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