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Disabled rescue, therapy dog from Brooksville claims spot in global calendar contest

Posted at 1:21 PM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 13:21:20-04

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — A rescue dog in-training from Brooksville beat out more than 300 contestants to claim her spot in a pet calendar that celebrates, and benefits, disabled animals.

Two-year-old Justice was one of 12 winners who beat out contestants from 35 states and 27 countries.

Justice was found as a puppy in the middle of the road by Ziggy's Legacy Rescue. Justice was left paralyzed from the waist back and incontinent. After a year of treatment, including vet visits, physical therapy, laser therapy and chiropractic care, the decision was made to amputate her back legs and tail.

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Now on the mend, Justice is training to become a therapy dog. Her gentle spirit leaves everyone she meets feeling inspired.

Justice and her mom Shelly hope sharing her story of recovery with children and veterans touched by amputation will show that it's possible to overcome all odds.

Justice will appear alongside other disabled dogs, and even Cicely the chicken for the 2020 Walkin' Pets Calendar. All proceeds will be donated to the Handicapped Pets Foundation to help other disabled and injured pets get wheelchairs.

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The calendar costs $12.95 and can be ordered by calling 888-253-0777 for an expected delivery date of mid-November.