Abused dog may get second chance helping special-needs child

Joy, a 1-year-old black Labrador mix, was seriously injured and covered in gasoline when she was brought to the Veterinary Center at Fishhawk.

LITHIA — A stray dog found injured and covered in gas was saved by a local veterinarian, who in turn hopes she’ll be able to save a child with special needs.   Last month, a good Samaritan brought the 1-year-old black Labrador mix to a veterinarian in Lithia. The dog, now named Joy, had been abused or possibly hit by a car and was covered in gasoline.   Joy is still recovering from her injuries, but the only indication of that now is that she hands her paw to humans, taking some weight off her healing broken leg.   Dr. Katie Thompson said that Joy seemed special from the day they met her.   “Usually when a dog has a broken leg, they’re growling and defensive, but she was just wagging her tail and wagging this fractured leg,” she said.   Thompson and her husband saved Joy’s leg with the help of donations from their clinic and clients. They decided Joy deserved a good home, but not just any home. They’re searching for a Bay area family with a special needs child who is in need of a companion.   The Thompsons’ mission is a personal one. Their son has special needs, and they have a service dog that is by their son’s side all the time.   “We know what a difference our dog has made in our son’s life,” Dr. Thompson said.…MORE


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2 Responses to Abused dog may get second chance helping special-needs child

  1. sarasinart says:

    What a beautiful story!


  2. She bears an eerily striking resemblance to our Black Lab (mama of the eleven “Husky-dor” pups we were blessed? with). Her markings are identical so now my angels think it’s a long lost relative.
    I tried to explain it couldn’t be cuz our Bella was born in Ohio, but they insist it’s her younger sister. It’s been a REALLY long spring break with nothing but uber-drama, but I’m certain Joy will find a perfect match with her special needs child – and if she’s got half the personality Bella has, that child will be the luckiest kid around. Thanks for your thoughts Nancy.


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