Disabled pup gets a second chance thanks to local rescue

The 11-week-old German Shepherd doesn’t have the use of her back legs
Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 5:42 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A local rescue group is caring for a special puppy named Ziva, a disabled German Shepherd Dog who doesn’t have the use of her back legs. Planned Pethood volunteers are focused on getting young Ziva a set of wheels that will help her lead a happy and healthy life.

The 11-week-old pup was surrendered to the rescue by her owners. She has a temporary cart right now, but it has limitations and challenges. The rescue is looking for a specially-engineered or custom cart.

The first thought was that Ziva was paralyzed, but a trip to the vet and an orthopedic specialist showed something else. There was an injury to both of her femurs and left untreated for too long, making her legs stiff.

LeeAnn Harden, who is fostering Ziva, says Ziva’s healing is in the final stage, so there is nothing that can be done now to reverse the issue.

“She can’t bend her legs at all. According to the vet, she is not in pain. She does have some feeling, so she does not like her legs to drag when she is in the cart. We need to find a cart or someone who can design one that will accommodate her special needs. She is a wonderful puppy. She is very smart and loves other dogs and people. We are working to make her life as easy as possible. The whole goal is to make her as happy as possible, and find the best home for her we can,” says LeeAnn.

Ziva is one of a number of special medical cases Planned Pethood is caring for right now. The rescue relies on volunteers and donations to operate. If you’d like to help, log on to

The hope is that Ziva will be able to be up for adoption in the coming weeks.

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