At first glance Victory is easily mistaken for a miniature kangaroo. She really is a 1-year-old Chihuahua mix though who unfortunately has malformed front legs. Now the Dearborn Animal Shelter in Dearborn, Michigan is hoping to get her the help she needs for a better life.
Victory was spotted by a woman who at first thought she was seeing a miniature kangaroo hopping around her front yard. With no front paws Victory is forced to walk on her hind legs. The woman brought the dog to Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter where they gave her the name Victory.
Doctors at the shelter determined that surgery would not help Victory and her best hope for a better life is a specially designed mobility cart. Although Victory is cute to watch on her two hind legs it’s important that she gets help. “A dog like this needs protection because when she walks, she’s scrapping her elbows and it could develop a wound,” said Elaine Greene, executive director of Friends of the Dearborn Animal Shelter.
Ideally Victory will need a sled for getting around indoors, a set of wheels for outdoors and a vest to protect her. All of which may add up to more than $2,000. Greene is hopeful that they will raise the necessary funds. She also hopes that Victory will be able to give back. “I’d love it if she could become an occupational therapy dog to help people with similar deformities,” said Greene.
Donations can be made for Victory through Dearborn Animal Shelter’s Hope’s Heroes fund.