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Group donates wheelchair for paralyzed pup

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 18 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 19 2013 05:11:29 AM CST

What happens when a four-legged friend is limited to two?

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

What happens when a four-legged friend is limited to two? One paralyzed pooch is back on his feet thanks to an outpouring of support from many of you.

We first showed you Obie last month.

"Obie came to us at the beginning of January," said Lehigh Co. Humane Society shelter director Cary Moran.

He's a survivor.

"He had the most amazing, gentle, loving spirit," she said. "He just can't walk."

Obie is an adorable pitbull whose two back legs no longer work because of a cancerous spinal tumor. He was abandoned on the streets of Allentown.

"We were hoping to find a surgical repair for him," said Moran.

When that didn't work, the Lehigh Valley Pitbull Awareness Club pitched in.

"They put out a plea for any cart for him," said David Lee with the group.

A cart would be expensive for the shelter.

"They can cost anywhere from $600 to $800 and up," said Moran.

But many of you stepped up to give Obie a custom set of wheels.

"It actually happened rather quickly, that the donations came in," said Lee.

Obie's owners actually had more trouble figuring out his new ride than he did.

Cancer means Obie's time is limited.

"Anywhere from three months to a year and a half is what we have with him," said Moran.

But least now, he's on the road to a happier life with a new set of wheels.

"A lot of people will say that it's just another dog, and none of them are 'just another dog,'" said Lee.