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Dog wheelchairs helps injured pups move again

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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -

A new set of wheels has helped an injured puppy get moving again.

Artie was badly hurt after being hit by a car last November. A group called "Partners for Pets" found Artie in the Clayton County Animal Shelter. His back legs had been paralyzed and someone had turned him into animal control officials. Artie's fortunes dramatically changed when Rhonda Kaleta walked into his life.

"The vet said that they should probably put him down, because it had done a lot of damage," said Kaleta.

But, Rhonda and her daughter and mother adopted Artie anyway.

"We just knew that there's always hope.  And with him, there was something about his expression, it was really sad," said Kaleta.

Dr. Ashley Alford sees that sadness sometimes, in newly-disabled dogs that come into The Village Vets in Decatur. It's often the same reaction, whether it's an accident, or illness.

"When a dog goes down... that's very confusing for them.  I think that's probably the primary emotion that they're feeling.  And sometimes they will become over anxious, sometimes they will get overly excited when they're typically not that way," said Alford.

Artie could drag himself around, but he couldn't keep up the pack. That's when a group called "Dream Dachshund" stepped in and donated a dog wheelchair.   

Now Artie likes to play with toys and run outside – even uphill.

"It helps him tremendously to help him race up the hill and down the hill.  And just be able to keep up with other dogs," said Kaleta said.

For Artie, the cart has been a game changer.  He hangs with the pack, and he's even got his own Facebook page:  Artie the Wonder Dachshund.

"And he goes on all these adventures.  And people who watch him and watch how he's doing," Kaleta said.

If your pet is having difficulty getting around, Dr. Alford says go see your vet  to make sure your dog or cat isn't in pain.

Your best option for finding a cart is online. They start at about $300 for small dogs and go up to about $650 for extra-large dogs.

If you want to check out more of Artie's pictures and videos, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ArtieTheWonderDachshund

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