Weak and unable to walk, he was dumped at the city’s Front Street Animal Shelter back in May.
If not for a volunteer who fell in love with him, he might have been put to death. Instead, the pup now named Clinton is an animal ambassador and a Facebook sensation, delighting viewers in a video depicting him treading water during a hydrotherapy session at UC Davis veterinary hospital.
As of this afternoon, the video had been seen more than 150,000 times.
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Clinton’s volunteer “foster parent,” Peggy Coppin, has invested thousands of dollars in Clinton’s rehabilitation. Besides hydrotherapy, the pup has been fitted for a wheelchair and is being treated with Chinese herbs, Coppin said.
“It would have been very easy to put him down,” said Coppin. “He was very disabled. But he was so freaking cute I couldn’t stand it, so I took him home.”
Potential adopters have approached her, she said. “But I love this little boy so much. I don’t think he’s going anywhere.”
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