Abandoned and paralyzed, a dog left in a crate at the Tampa Humane Society is capturing hearts all across the Bay area.
Her name is Genie.
Now, The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is reaching out to the community to help her.
A little nervous with the cameras and in a new place with complete strangers, Genie is doing the best she can with only two working legs.
“She’s in a new place, there’s lots of sounds and smells and she’s not with her family she doesn’t know what’s happening,” said Nash McCutchen with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
If you look at her you can see her paws are curling under and she can’t wag her tail or find her feet because she’s paralyzed from the waist down.
Lon Savini found her in a crate with a note soon after getting to work early Monday morning.
“As soon as I started reading the note, I immediately just lost it,” Savini said.
The note read:
“Please help my Genie. Genie is paralyzed from I believe her hips to her hind legs. I tried to manage her pain with medication from her vet but they only ease her pain and she needs surgery. I cannot afford so I ask that the Animal Health Center heal her and find her a loving forever home. Thank you.”
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay immediately took her in to give her around the clock care.
“She has been extremely sweet with us very responsive to human interaction. She looks like she has been very well taken care of,” McCutchen said.
The vet says she hasn’t been paralyzed for long because she doesn’t have any calluses on her legs.
“The x-rays didn’t show any evidence of something that bad because there weren’t broken bones or anything like that. However it could have been something simple as jumping off the bed or landing wrong that could have thrown something off,” said Nash McCutchen, Humane Society of Tampa Bay
If it's a permanent condition, the two year old will need a set of wheels.
Genie isn’t potty trained and they don’t know what breed she is, but she could still be a wonderful pet for someone.
“We see some Chihuahua and Pomeranian. We’re calling her a cute mix,” said Nash McCutchen.
For now this cute mix is in loving hands and will soon be up for adoption.
The Humane Society hopes donations will help with the medical cost estimated at $5,000.
“We do need to raise money not only for Genie’s care, but for the thousands of animals that will come to us after her needing help as well,” said McCutchen.
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