Walter is a young Pit Bull whose previous owners beat him so badly that he lost the use of his hind legs. But Walter’s spirit stayed strong.
He’s a “happy lover little boy,” says Tami Kowit, co-founder of the Cleveland Dog Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. “He is the happiest dog.”
About a month ago, the two-year-old dog was brought to a veterinary clinic by people who said they’d “punished” the dog until he couldn’t walk. When the clinic’s staff was running some tests on Walter, the people disappeared — leaving behind a fake name and phone number.
After the clinic treated Walter, as best as they could, the Cleveland Dog Rescue and Rehabilitation Center stepped in to help.
The rescue group found a wheelchair for Walter and he’s been staying at a boarding house and doggie spa, while on the mend.
Now the adorable gray sweetheart is up for adoption — perhaps he’ll even find true love on Valentine’s Day, since Cleveland Dog Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is holding a meet-and-greet for Walter on Feb. 14.
Walter may never fully regain the use in his back legs, and it’s possible he’ll always wear a diaper. Kowit hopes that Walter’s story will encourage Ohio lawmakers to strengthen the state’s animal protection laws.
Walter loves other dogs, he has a kitten BFF and he’s so great with people that Kowit says even if his abusers walked into the doom, “he’d be happy to see them.”
The rescue group prefers local adopters, but for “the most special home” they’ll let Walter be adopted out of the area.
Her ideal would be that Walter’s new family live a public life and become an ambassador for abused dogs. Perhaps even has him train as a therapy dog, so that he can comfort kids in the hospital, show them it possible to “come out onto the other side” of just about anything.
“We all have those bad days and need to get our strength from somewhere,” says Kowit. “Maybe he can be that strength.”