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Handicapped “Big-Hearted” Dachshund Puppy Still Needs a Home

BOSTON, March 20, 2015 – The MSPCA-Angell rescued 71 Dachshund-type dogs from a Westminster puppy mill in January—one of whom was pregnant and gave birth to three puppies days after arrival.

The newborn puppies were neutered, immunized and microchipped before the MSPCA placed them into new homes.  Only one puppy, eight-week-old “Billie,” remains at the shelter.

Special Home Sought for Special Needs Puppy

Billie was born with a spinal malformation that makes it nearly impossible for her to use her back legs.  “She gets around perfectly well by ‘bunny hopping’ here and there,” said Boston adoption center manager Alyssa Krieger.

Billy has watched her newborn siblings be adopted into new homes while she has remained in the adoption center.

“We know there’s a perfect home with an understanding adopter out there and we just hope that person comes forward,” continued Krieger.  “What Billie lacks in physical ability she more than makes up for with her playful and social personality.”

The MSPCA hopes Billie’s condition will stabilize, but it is possible that she may need special treatment with a veterinary neurologist in the future.  “Our team worked day and night to find loving homes for all of these Dachshunds,” said Krieger.  “We’re not going to give up now on Billie.  We know her perfect caretaker is out there.”

Anyone interested in adopting Billie can email adoption@mspca.org for more information.  Applications will be accepted throughout the weekend.  Readers who would like to donate to Spike’s Fund, which helps meet the medical needs of animals, like Billie, in the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center can click here.

On Feb. 3 the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement department announced it had filed 14 counts of felony animal cruelty against Shirley and Edward Aguiar of Westminster, Mass. for subjecting the Dachshunds in their care to unnecessary suffering.  The couple is scheduled to appear in court today in Gardener District Court.

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