“OMG…how could anyone resist that sweet, beautiful, innocent face? I would have her tomorrow; if I wasn’t disabled myself! I’m sure there is a special person out there who can give this little girl the help, love & support she needs. Hopefully they can get her back on her front legs, walking, by carrying on with the physiotherapy she is getting at the centre; ” The Dogs Trust” will help subsidise payment for her physiotherapy fee’s!”
“Please, don’t just want her because of her cute looks now. She will grow up, like any other dog, so one must be prepared for all eventualities & face them head on! Remember, owning any dog is a big commitment, they are for life & they should be loved as part of the family…not just some grass ornament or cheap burglar alarm! It would be tragic if this special little girl got dumped at the local pound when her cute puppy stage is gone & the novelty of having her has worn off!”
“Just as an afterthought, this pup isn’t one you could forget in a hurry; it was found wandering the streets! So if anybody know’s where it came from, let the police or Dogs Trust know. There could there be more Wonkey’s that have been thrown out, due to their deformity’s; I certainly wouldn’t put it passed someone to abandon them; if they thought they couldn’t make money from them!”
- The 11-week-old was dumped on a street and developed deformed front legs
- Charity says she needs care, love and attention from a new owner
- But they fear people may be put off because of her ‘un-traditional looks’
- Wonky has condition which means her legs go inwards and can’t extend
This is Wonky, a poor puppy left with a heartbreaking disability after being dumped on the street as a baby, who now needs a new home where she will be loved.
The eleven-week-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross was given her unusual name because of severe problems with her malformed front legs developed because she was separated from her mother.
Experts say she desperately needs care and attention after being afflicted with horrific joint ‘knuckling’ that has left her unable to walk very well.
Wonky was found wandering the streets as a stray and was brought to Dogs Trust by a member of the public a fortnight ago.
With two underdeveloped front legs and her ‘un-traditional looks’, staff are worried she may struggle to find a new home.
Amanda Sands, Manager at Dogs Trust Leeds, said: ‘She’s had a very tough start in life. She was taken from her mother too early and was then having to fend for herself on the streets at just nine-weeks old.
‘She isn’t a traditionally pretty pooch but she’s a lovely girl with a great character.
‘We really hope people can see beyond appearances and someone can give her the fresh start she deserves – a new home where she’ll be loved and cared for.‘
Wonky is suffering from an extreme case of the condition known as knuckling of the carpal joints.
This is caused by contraction of the tendons which prevents the wrist joint from extending fully and means her front feet bend inwards because her tendons are too short.
‘It’s such a sad case because this is completely preventable if only she’d had the right love and care,’ Ms Sands said today.
‘She has not had the right supplements to enable her to grow properly and so her front legs are too weak.
‘We don’t know everything about her background but we think that she was removed from her mother too early and was then abandoned. She has not had the right nutrition and a poor diet has meant her front legs are underdeveloped.’
Since arriving at the centre on February 7, brave Wonky is already showing signs of improvement after receiving regular physiotherapy treatment to straighten her legs.
Ms Sands said: ‘Physiotherapy will really help to strengthen her muscles. We have to stretch her legs into a straight position 30 times twice a day. Hopefully in time her legs will begin to straighten to aid her walking.
‘She will need regular trips to the specialist vet to keep a track of her progress.
‘At the minute she is able to walk but she rests her weight on her front joints as her legs are bent.
‘With the right treatment, she will hopefully be able to live a normal life and do all the things a puppy should be able to enjoy.
‘At the minute, she struggles to run and can only be taken on very short walks which is very sad to see.’
Staff at the centre are wanting to re-home Wonky and are looking for owners who can continue her physiotherapy – with costs supplemented by Dogs Trust.
It is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year through its network of 18 Rehoming Centres across the UK and one in Dublin. “I am a member of “Dogs Trust” as I think they do a great job of re-homing animals.”
Amanda Francis spokesman for the charity said: ‘Usually physical deformity is the result of unscrupulous breeders or they haven’t been properly looked after and most of the time it’s something that is completely preventable.’
If you would like to give Wonky a new home contact Dogs Trust Leeds on 0113 281 4920.