The story of a dog left paralyzed from years of neglect in a puppy mill, and getting a new set of wheels, has received intense interest on the Internet.
WNCN's story on Ricky Bobby, who was rescued from a puppy mill in Sampson
County last month, has been recommended more than 2,000 times on Facebook. He and seven other dogs have been getting nursed
back to health at Morrisville's Care First animal hospital.
Ricky Bobby suffers from a hardened disc in his hind quarters. The condition went untreated for years and has left him unable to use his hind legs. Veterinary technician Megan Bliss adopted him last month.
"He had sores on his, on the underside of his body where he was dragging," Bliss said. "His mouth was a wreck. His teeth were basically rotting out of his mouth."
Ricky Bobby now only has four teeth left and to help him scoot around, one of her clients gave her the inspiration to build him a cart. It's made of PVC pipe, donated baby stroller wheels, zip ties and some screws. It cost her a total of $11. She says professional carts can cost $300 or more. Now, she can't keep him away.
"He follows me everywhere, whether he's in his cart or not, so he likes to stay right by me and that's where he's happiest," Bliss said.
Happiness is something Ricky Bobby and a lot of other rescued dogs haven't had much of lately. There's so many more dogs just like him, older and abused, but still in need of a good home.
"They may not all be puppies. They may not all be in 100 percent condition. My guy has only got two working legs, but they are just so loving and they can give you so much love," Bliss said.
Some of those rescued puppy mill dogs still need a home. You're asked to contact the Wake County SPCA for more information.