‘Scooter the Wonder Dog’ needs new home after leg surgery

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SAN DIEGO — A 4-month-old Chihuahua mix whose severely deformed hind legs were corrected by surgery is available for adoption, the county Department of Animal Services announced Friday.

Scooter was discovered by a resident in the College Area who called Animal Services. The puppy moved about just by using his front legs.

A congenital defect in his rear legs was corrected with a $4,000 orthopedic procedure and he can now walk normally.

Scooter the Wonder Dog

Scooter the Wonder Dog

The operation was covered through the department’s Spirit Fund, which is used when animals require advanced veterinary care. The Spirit Fund account is funded via donations.

“This little pup would not let his deformity slow him down,” said Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson. “But with his surgery, we hope Scooter can now enjoy a full, happy life with a wonderful new family.”

While Scooter has been cleared for adoption, he must still undergo physical therapy to help his muscles develop. The adopter will be provided eight sessions at no charge at Pawsitive Rehabilitation in Pacific Beach, according to the county.


Those interested in adopting Scooter must complete a Special Adoption Application, which can be dropped off at any of the department’s three facilities or emailed to dasinfo@sdcounty.ca.gov. Completed applications must be received by 5:30 p.m. next Friday.

Staff will review the applications, select the homes they feel best meet the needs of the dog and call the top candidates for a visit with Scooter at a later date.

The adoption fee for Scooter is $69 and includes vaccinations, neuter, microchip, license and a free veterinary visit.

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