Upstate family fundraising for French bulldog wheelchair


A REPORT ALL-NEW AT 6:00
TONIGHT. RENEE: THIS 3-YEAR-OLD FRENCH
BULLDOG GOT THE NAME PEGGY SUE
FROM HER FRONT LEG BEING A BIT
OF A PEG. MS. THOMAS: SHE DOESN’T LET IT
GET HER DOWN. SHE TRIES TO RUN AND PLAY, JUST
LIKE THE REST OF THEM. RENEE: BUT PEGGY’S PEG IS A
PROBLEM. MS. THOMAS: SHE’LL BREAK THE
SKIN OPEN AND STUFF LIKE THAT. SO I TOOK HER TO THE VET. THE VET HAD ACTUALLY RECOMMENDED
SHE GET A WHEELCHAIR, BECAUSE IN
THE FUTURE, IT COULD CAUSE
SPINAL DAMAGE. RENEE: OWNER JESSICA THOMAS IS
LOOKING TO RAISE $570 TO GET
PEGGY SUE A CUSTOM-MADE FRONT
WHEELCHAIR. THOMAS GOT PEGGY SUE OFF OF
CRAIGSLIST IN AUGUST, FROM A MAN
WHO WAS USING HER TO BREED. MS. THOMAS: BEING THE FACT THAT
SHE DOES HAVE A DISABILITY, A
BIRTH DEFECT THAT WAS IN HER
LINE, AND, YOU KNOW, THAT’S NOT
RIGHT TO HER. WE’RE STILL WAITING TO FIND OUT,
BECAUSE SHE WAS IN HEAT WHEN WE
GOT HER, WE’RE STILL WAITING TO
FIND OUT IF SHE’S PREGNANT. AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE PUSHING FOR
THE WHEELCHAIR, BECAUSE THAT’S
JUST GONNA TAKE A TOLL ON HER
BODY. RENEE: VETRINARIAN STEVE SHRUM
SAYS DOGS LIKE PEGGY SUE ARE
EVERYWHERE, AND THOSE LOOKING TO
FIND A PET ONLINE SHOULD BE
AWARE SOME CAN COME WITH COSTLY
MEDICAL BILLS. DR. SHRUM: IT’S PRETTY COMMON,
AND IT’S BEEN GOING ON LONG
BEFORE THE INTERNET CAME AROUND. PEOPLE WOULD HAVE DOGS, WOULD
EITHER TRY TO SELL THEM, OR THEY
WOULD END UP AT THE SHELTE
AND FOR FOLKS THAT WANT TO TAKE
ON AN ISSUE LIKE THIS, THE FIRST
THING YOU NEED TO DO IS SPEAK WITH A VETERINARIAN AND FIND OUT
HOW SERIOUS THE ISSUE IS. RENEE: PEGGY SUE’S FAMILY SAY
THEY KNEW ABOUT HER PAW BEFORE
TAKING HER INTO THEIR HOME, AND
THAT THEY’RE HOPING OTHERS WILL
HELP GET THIS LITTLE DOG A NEW
LEASH ON LIFE, WITH A SPECIAL SET OF WHEELS. RENEE WUNDERLICH, WYFF N

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