Paralyzed puppy that suffered gunshot wound in Mansfield gets wheelchair

MANSFIELD, Ohio-- The humane officers who rescued a group of puppies from a home in Mansfield on Sept. 17 were not optimistic that the one pit bull-mastiff mix would survive.

Lilly's back legs were paralyzed and another dog seized during the raid had already died.

Dr. Jordan Phillips said X-rays revealed Lilly had been shot and suffered three broken ribs. The veterinarian said he believes the paralysis was the result of a violent act separate from the gunshot, and said the puppy have have been stomped or kicked.

"Didn't see any evidence of a dog fight, which is what the owner had said happened so we don't know how long the dog had been like that," Phillips said.

Tara Harter, a board member for the Richland County Humane Society, agreed to provide a foster home for Lilly as she began her road to recovery.

"I was mad, you know. Who would shoot an 8-month-old puppy?" Harter said.

When Harter's friends heard the pup's back legs were paralyzed, they built her a wheelchair.

"For one thing, it gives her mobility. And for another, it keeps her off the ground so she's not getting pressure sores from scooting around," Harter said.

Lilly's vet is confident she will evening regain use of her legs. Once she is fully recovered, the humane society plans to put her up for adoption.