Heartless Breeder Planned on Tossing Willow for Being “Defective”

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Willow is a purebred Neapolitan Mastiff, who almost was thrown out by her breeder because she was born “defective.”  Born with Swimmer’s Syndrome, she would not be able to walk at all for the first few weeks of life, meaning she would need a bit more care and attention to survive.  Instead of being heartlessly tossed aside, Willow was rescued by Second Chances Rescue, and has a much better life today.

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Here’s Willow’s story as told by Gina Gould, Animal Acuscope Therapist:

Willow was born with a congenital condition called Swimmer’s Syndrome. The condition means Willow was unable to stand or walk at the normal three weeks of age. Instead, her chest was flat and her legs were splayed out like a turtle “swimming.”

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For Willow’s breeder, she was considered a defect and was about to throw her out like trash but by chance he first posted a message on social media. Somehow, this message was repeatedly shared until it reached Jennifer Williams, President at 2nd Chances Rescue in Norco, California. Jenn got in the car and drove to this breeder’s home where she saw 5 healthy Neapolitan Mastiff’s running and playing – and then saw Willow who was floundering on the ground unable to keep up. These “defective” dogs are often euthanized or abandoned.

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Willow was in such a severe state that she could not eat or drink. Jenn immediately took Willow to Animal Acuscope Therapist, Gina Gould. Within two days, Willow took her first steps. Within months, she was running. Using a combination of binding her chest, tying her legs in the correct position, acuscope therapy and swimming, Willow has made a complete recovery. Today, eight months later, Willow is 80 lbs., rambunctious, happy and healthy.

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Note: A Neapolitan Mastiff puppy sells for $1,000 on the low end. From a reputable breeder, Mastiff puppies can sell as high as $3,000.

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0 thoughts on “Heartless Breeder Planned on Tossing Willow for Being “Defective””

  1. I had a swimmer puppy and i did not give up on her, she turned into a nice dog. i was also told swimmer puppy’s should be put down, that is not always the case, swimmer puppy’s can thrive if they are not given up on

  2. For the people that keep supporting breeder’s it is time to STOP. They don’t give a crap about the animals. They are selfish and only care about MONEY!!! ADOPT from a shelter and save a life. Breeders, puppy mills and puppy stores need to be illegal. Millions of dogs get killed in shelters every year, but breeders keep on breeding away and here a RESCUE has to step in to help this poor animal. Go Willow!

  3. why don’t you post the name of the breeder. this type of breeder should not be allowed to breed and sell anymore. the public needs to be aware of these types of stories but also be told of those who are heartless enough to do this to a helpless animal.
    let us know who the breeder is as they should not be bought from any more.

  4. Thank you for saving this baby I will definitely make a contribution to your organization but you only take paypal which i do not have but will find a way to get the money to you.
    Thank yo once again.

  5. Curious how this causes an uproar but the fact that 3,000 human babies are “tossed” every day in this country doesn’t…


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