The photos below show Wonky, an 11-week-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross. She was abandoned on the street soon after she was born. As you can see from the photos, she is disabled, but needs a new home.
She got her name Wonky from her deformity. Her front legs failed to develop properly after she was separated from her mother too early.
According to doctors, she suffers a condition called "knuckling of the carpal joints," which means that she has malformed front legs which bend inwards because her tendons are contracted and thus prevent her wrists from assuming the normal fully extended position. The condition has left her unable to walk like a normal dog.
She was found wandering the streets. A member of the public brought her to Dogs Trust on February 7.
The organization took over care of Wonky but are hoping to find a new home for her. However, they are worried that what they term her "un-traditional looks" and disability will put people off and that it may prove difficult to find her a new home.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Wonky's caregivers says that after regular sessions of physiotherapy she is showing signs of improvement and making the best of her circumstances. Her caregivers are hoping to find her a new home and owner who will allow her to continue her physiotherapy. The dog welfare charity says it will supplement the cost to the owner of the physiotherapy. They assure that Wonky is a pup with a wonderful personality and that she will be a great addition to a caring home.
Wonky the Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Daily Mail reports Amanda Sands, Manager at Dogs Trust Leeds, said: "She's had a very tough start in life. She was taken from her mother too early and was then having to fend for herself on the streets at just nine-weeks old. She isn't a traditionally pretty pooch but she's a lovely girl with a great character. We really hope people can see beyond appearances and someone can give her the fresh start she deserves - a new home where she'll be loved and cared for."
She added: "It's such a sad case because this is completely preventable if only she'd had the right love and care. She has not had the right supplements to enable her to grow properly and so her front legs are too weak. We don't know everything about her background but we think that she was removed from her mother too early and was then abandoned. She has not had the right nutrition and a poor diet has meant her front legs are underdeveloped."
Wonky needs a new home
The Huffington Post reports Sands said: "Physiotherapy will really help to strengthen her muscles. We have to stretch her legs into a straight position 30 times twice a day. Hopefully in time her legs will begin to straighten to aid her walking. She will need regular trips to the specialist vet to keep a track of her progress. At the minute she is able to walk but she rests her weight on her front joints as her legs are bent. With the right treatment, she will hopefully be able to live a normal life and do all the things a puppy should be able to enjoy.At the minute, she struggles to run and can only be taken on very short walks which is very sad to see."
Dogs Trust is UK's leading dog welfare charity. The organization has a network of 18 Re-homing Centers in the UK and Dublin and cares for more than 16,000 abandoned dogs each year.
The Daily Mail reports that Amanda Francis spokesman for the charity said: "Usually physical deformity is the result of unscrupulous breeders or they haven't been properly looked after and most of the time it's something that is completely preventable."
If you would like to give Wonky a new home contact Dogs Trust Leeds on 0113 281 4920.