MOBI:E, Ala. (WALA) - Rescuers said dog named Copper was found paralyzed and barricaded under a carport. That was a few weeks ago and now Copper is recovering at the Ark Animal Clinic.
Copper is taking life one step at a time according to Dr. Jennifer Eiland.
"He's a wonder dog. He has done so well," Eiland said.
The vet said little by little Copper gets closer to mobility. On his first day at Ark, Copper could not move his back legs but what isnt so obvious is the many other medical problems.
Dr. Eiland said Copper had a severe bladder infection, parasites, heartworms, sores and the list goes on.
"You wouldn't have known it from petting him that just how he is he is. You give him attention and that all he wants," Eiland said.
Jessica Allday and Sandi Lemieux found Copper early this month. The pair said they were alerted on Facebook when the dog was allegedly fastened with a boat chain in a back yard.
They soon learned he had been moved and was paralyzed.
"He was laying on a blanket or a rug maybe under a carport kind of barricaded in so he couldn't escape," Allday said.
For many dogs, a rescue doesn't come. They are forced to live in deplorable conditions with little to no repercussions for the owners.
"They need somebody to speak up for them. I think a lot of people view them as property as something you can just throw the back yard whereas they are not. They are not a lawn ornament," Eiland said.
Many of you have joined FOX10 News in the fight to increase penalties and expand the definition of cruelty with House Bill 27.
It passed the Alabama House of Representative with zero opposition and sponsor State Senator Mark Keahey is trying to get it on the Senate floor as soon as possible.
"This is one that is bipartisan and really a feel good bill and hopefully all 35 members of the Senate will be on the same page and really support passing this good legislation," said Keahey.
Just as animal advocates keep fighting for tougher laws Copper keeps fighting to walk.
Every day Dr. Christi Johnson works with him with laser treatment, on the floor and through water therapy.
"I've seen improvement every day, just a little tid bit every day that he is doing differently," said Johnson.
To get Copper mobile, he needs all the support he can get.
Donations may be made to Ark Animal Clinic 251-342-2956 or PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also contact Ark if you're interested in giving this dog the home he deserves.
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