Paralyzed pooch gets her first set of wheels

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News 12 at 6 o' clock/ Aug. 12, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- People are coming together to help a paralyzed puppy get a new home and a set of wheels. The pit bull mix was abused when she was just 7 weeks old, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.

Cindy Porter rescued her at 9 weeks. Mia had been abused to the point of paralyzing her, but Porter couldn't bear the thought of putting her down.

"She has the determination and will power to live. It gave me the determination to give her a life of love," Porter said.

Cindy Porter is suffering from a terminal illness. She's about to begin some time consuming new treatments, and had to make the tough decision to find Mia a new home. It was a tearful meeting as Mia's new owner, Cherish Danforth, met her for the first time Tuesday.

Danforth manages Graced Kennels in Augusta. She heard about Mia's story and couldn't say no.

"She's already touched my life in a way that you can't imagine," Danforth said.

But, it's still a long road for Mia. She went to the vet Tuesday to get a check up: x-rays, shots, physical therapy, all costs that will add up quickly.

"She needs disposable diapers, diaper covers, boots so she doesn't mess up her feet," she said.

But, the community seems to have a soft spot for Mia. People are already coming together to help with the costs. Local rescue group, Team StinkyKiss was able to find a used wheel chair for her. She took her first timid steps in it today.

A paint and body shop has offered to give the wheelchair a shiny new, candy apple red paint job, free of charge. Danforth says this pup is already touching a lot of lives, and she's hoping she'll touch a lot more.

"I'm hoping she will become a therapy dog and be able to give other people the strength to keep going," she said.

Mia still has a long way to go. For one thing, she's got to figure out how to work her new set of wheels. Graced Kennels is collecting money to help with her costs and pay for training so she can become a therapy dog. The extra money will go to local rescue groups to continue rescuing dogs from the Augusta Animal Shelter.

For more info on how you can help Mia, or to get in touch with her new owner, call Graced Kennels at 706-738-7168 or go to their Facebook page.

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