Chihuahua mix Victory couldn't be more deserving of her name.
The disabled pup was found wandering the streets of Dearborn, Mich., a few weeks ago and brought to the Dearborn Animal Shelter. Born with deformed front legs, Victory must hobble awkwardly around the floor, like a baby kangaroo taking his first few insecure steps, just to get around.
When no one came forward to claim the 1 year old dog at the shelter, staff began to consider ways to improve her mobility. As there was no surgical solution, they looked into a combination of three orthopedic devices that proved prohibitively expensive at $2,000.
That is, until the shelter mentioned Victory’s situation in a newsletter last week that quickly attracted the attention of local news media. Within a week they had met their goal three times over, and have received $7,000 so far.
Victory was born with a condition known as radial hemimelia, which means that parts of the bones in her front legs are missing.
There is a short video at the link of an interview with the Executive director of Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter, Elaine Greene. I really like Ms. Greene's plans for Victory:
While many people have already shown an interest in adopting Victory, Greene isn’t in any rush. Shelter staff wants the dog to acclimate to her new devices before making any life changes. And Greene has big plans for Victory.
“I would really like her to get a job working with people with disabilities,” she said. “If I could find a way to add that into her new life, that would be great.”