KCTV Kansas City reported on Jan. 14 that a wheelchair was stolen from a disabled dog in Franklin County. The 10-year-old Boxer has a progressive muscular disease and the device enabled him to get around after he lost the use of his back legs.
The $250 wheelchair was found undamaged in a nearby park, alluding to the act being a malicious prank rather than a theft for profit. Because he can’t maneuver without his wheels, the dog was found immobile on the cold ground in the yard, but he was otherwise unharmed. Although the family owns three other Boxers, Sammy was alone in the yard at the time.
Wheelchairs for dogs have come a long way in recent years. When first introduced, they were cumbersome devices that required extensive measurements and fittings for the individual dog. Today, dog carts and wheelchairs are more adjustable and can be purchased from many reputable online sources, ready to ship to your home in just a few days. No longer is a dog that has been crippled or maimed relegated to a sedentary lifestyle. Once they become accustomed to the wheelchair, dogs like Sammy are given new life along with their new wheels.
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