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Helping Scooter: 10-week-old puppy struggles on her paws


WAVERLY (KWWL) -- Many of us make career changes in life, and after four decades, one eastern Iowa woman decided to follow her childhood dream of helping animals.

More than a year ago Priscilla Blanchard of Waverly started Animal Welfare Services. Right now Blanchard has a special needs puppy she's hoping someone can help.

"She doesn't get around very well at all. Her one leg just flops around. She can use her other leg a little bit, but not very much," said Priscilla Blanchard.

Scooter... a 10- week old beagle mix... scoots herself to get around.

"She really just kind of tries to drag herself with her front legs," said Blanchard.

For some reason, Scooter lost the use of her back legs.

"She was a normal every day puppy running around with her litter mates. Then we have no idea what happened. She was taken home by a family and then brought back unable to walk and then subsequently turned into me," said Blanchard.

Scooter doesn't appear to be in any pain, but no one knows what caused her disability.

"She's seen a chiropractor, a massage therapist, and Dr. Kenyon in Cedar Falls donated x-rays and according to her x-rays she's one healthy little puppy. So we think it's something nerve related," she said.

Operator of Animal Welfare Services in Waverly, Priscilla Blanchard, contacted the veterinary program in Ames for help, but has yet to hear back. She hopes someone can help scooter walk again.

"I don't know if that's possible, but we're gonna do the best we can," she said.

She's looked into doggy wheelchairs, but said those start around $350. She's also worried about paying for Scooter's medical bills if she ends up going to Ames.

But Priscilla Blanchard loves animals and will do anything to help. If you'd like to help Scooter get back on her paws... please contact Animal Welfare Services, PO Box 25, Waverly, IA 50677 or (319) 269-3722.

She's also looking for anyone who might have some space available.

Priscilla Blanchard runs her shelter out of her garage, but it's not big enough or warm enough. Because of the way the law is written about animal shelters, Blanchard can't legally put the pets in her home.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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