Puppies born without legs looking for homes

Disabled dogs will need prosthetic devices

Published On: Sep 19 2013 09:40:47 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 19 2013 10:40:37 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

Three puppies recently rescued were born with disabilities that will require extra attention.

The puppies are happy and playful. But if you take a closer look, 3 of the pups have special needs. They were born with deformed front leg. One puppy practically scoots around on her chest because her front legs never fully formed.

Raymond Martinez rescued the puppies and knew the one puppy was in bad shape.

"Especially when she was missing her two paws, I knew she definitely needed some help," said Martinez.

He rescued them from a Westside dumpster. At first, Martinez brought the puppies to a shelter, but he was told the dogs would be put down due to overcrowding and the three puppies were disabled.

That wasn't an option for him. The 6 week old puppies have now been with his family for the past month.

"I knew they couldn't stay in there, but I wasn't going to leave them in the dumpster even if they were normal puppies, " said Martinez.

Animal advocate Debi Silva is helping the family find these puppies homes. She fosters, rehabilitates, and adopts out dogs no one else wants.

"It's their spirit inside that makes them a good companion, not how they look outside ," said Debi Silva.

What they're hoping to do is find someone who can make some type of prosthetic device for the puppies with no paws. This one is already developing sores because she's so active.

"Dogs with special needs are just as important and deserve love just like any other dog ," said Silva.

Martinez just hopes all the puppies find good homes, and live the good lives they deserve. For more information about these dogs and how you can help them, please contact Debi Silva with A Vision of Hope Canine at 210-528-0933 or email her at avisionofhopecanine@gmail.com.

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