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Dog rescued from hoarding situation that lost back legs receives wheelchair

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WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

The Humane Association of Warren County rescued 18 dogs from a hoarding situation. One dog had no back legs, but is now mobile after receiving a wheelchair. 

The shelter has nicknamed the dog Lt. Dan, after the movie Forest Gump.

"He took to it so quickly and he's happy with it and he's out exploring in it. He can now go across concrete with no abrasions," Operations Manager Joanne Hurley said.

Lt. Dan's support came from a FOX19 NOW viewer who saw this once sad dog scooting across the shelter floor.

"Lt. Dan was quite the rock star after his TV debut, and the community response was overwhelming our community has been so supportive in this, we couldn't ask for better help," Hurley said.

He came to the shelter with no back legs, but the vet believes he wasn't born that way and that the dog experienced some sort of trauma where his legs fell off.

“After a vet, [saw] him, he felt like there was a trauma to where the legs did fall off at some point and he’s been navigating in trenches in the backyard for several years now,” Hurley said.

Lt. Dan has a new home, and it's a home fitting for the fighter he is.

"He will go to a home with five other special needs dogs. Some of them with no legs, some of them have no eyes. The home is handicap accessible and we're super excited about that one," Hurley said. 

Hurley said the dogs were found living outside for several years. 

Dr. Rich Coleman has been helping to evaluate the dogs for treatment but the shelter still needs to gather funds to help pay for treatment. They ask anyone interested in donating to visit their website and contribute there.

The dogs will be up for adoption as soon as their medical needs are under control.

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