This Puppy With A Birth Defect Was Going To Be Put Down Until A Social Media Post Saved Her

12/4/2017

Willow, a purebred Neapolitan Mastiff, was only four weeks old when her breeder decided that shewas no longer wanted.The puppy was born with 'swimmer's syndrome', and was going to be euthanized, until 2nd Chances Rescue, California,intervened.

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Source: Youtube/Pawsitive

Swimmer's syndrome is a birth defect that causes weak limb development, leaving sufferers with outstretched arms and legs and flat chests. The illness can cause serious complications if left untreated, including lung and joint problems. As a result, puppies with the condition have a very short life expectancy.In Willow's case, the disease was so severe that she was not able to move herself at all, not even to her food bowl. She was in critical condition.

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Source: Facebook/2nd Chances Rescue

Her breeder was not willing to provide the extensive care that she needed, and so decided to euthanize her; but first posted about the dog on social media.Luckily, after being shared and re-posted, the story reached 2nd Chances California, and Jennifer Williams, the director of the shelter, knew straight away that she had to save the puppy.She set off to collect Willow and recognized the canine immediately, as she was seriously struggling to move. The kind lady knew that the dog was going to need a lot of help, but was willing to do whatever it took.[caption id="attachment_19788" align="alignnone" width="621"]

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Gina Gould with Willow.[/caption]

Source: Facebook/2nd Chances Rescue

She brought the puppy to Gina Gould, an acuscope therapist, who assessed Willow's situation. She recognized that the dog needed plenty of physical therapy and resolved to help her. From then on she worked tirelessly to help the puppy recover.In only a matter of days, the pup was taking her first steps, and within months she was running.

Willows Journey Day 8...hard to believe this beautiful pup was flat and unable to move (swimmer syndrome) just 8 days ago. After Acuscope Therapy and PT this pup is a healthy happy pup able to walk, run, play, jump and climb ♡♡♡ Another life saved♡♡♡ Another life changed ♡♡♡♡ love you sweet Willow!!Posted by Gina Gould on Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Now, at eight months old, Willow has completely recovered and is equally as active, energetic, and loving as any other dog her age. She is a healthy 80lbs, and has even been lucky enough to be adopted.

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Source: Facebook/2nd Chances Rescue

Thanks to 2nd Chances Rescue, the charming Mastiff can now live a long and happy life in her forever home.Watch the video from PAWsitive about Willow's amazing recovery below:[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6UELKZp2oM[/embed]Thanks to the love and support that the brave dog received from 2nd Chances Rescue, she can go on to live a happy and healthy life in her forever home.If you live in England, you can visit the RSPCA, and if you live in the United States, you can visit the ASPCA to get more information about pets available for adoption.Tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up in shelters each year, either due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. Consider adopting before you shop, and visit your local shelters before going to a breeder. Every dog and cat deserves a fair chance at a forever home.

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