Trooper is a unique looking dog with a deformity of the likes few have ever seen before...his front legs are on his back.
Not the rear of his body, literally, on his back.
When Trooper was born, his intestines were outside of his body. As he was developing in the womb, a portion of the intestines wrapped around his front legs and they formed on his back, instead of where they typically would be found on the front of his body.
The very fact that Trooper is alive today is a miracle.
He never saw a veterinarian, even though his body was still open, exposing his organs, when he was born. According to his owners, as he matured, the opening eventually closed.
Trooper adapted to his body as he grew as well, learning to walk on his rear legs, albeit in a rather unbalanced manner.
His prior owners surrendered him to Special Needs Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation (SNARR) after Trooper's erratic method of moving started to impact things inside of the home.
Sometimes, his legs would knock things over, or get caught. Unable, and unwilling to deal with the chaos that followed, Trooper was turned over to the rescue professionals.
Right now SNARR is attempting to have a special wheelchair created for him in order to allow him better mobility and a better quality of life.
The rescue organization is also requesting that those people who learn about Trooper's situation not view his prior family too harshly, and instead, try to understand why they did what they did.
On the page set up for Trooper on Facebook, they state:
Please keep this page about Trooper's recovery and new future instead of negativity about his past. Troopers previous owners was not educated on the rescue world and had very little income and I totally agree he should have received medical care long ago but they was afraid the vets will tell them to put him down and afraid if they rehomed him that no one else would care about him as much as they did.
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