A Canadian tourist was visiting Thailand in 2014 when she happened upon a paralyzed dog on the beach. He had no use of his hind legs and was dragging them as he tried to get around.
The woman was able to get the dog, now named Leo, some needed veterinary care to treat the open sores on his hind legs and the parasites that invaded his body, but couldn’t find a rescue group in the Southeast Asian nation that had room to take him in, according to Leo’s Youcaring crowdfunding page.
So the woman raised funds to bring him to Canada where Jamie Smith took over to foster the young pup. But getting him to Canada was just the start of what will probably be a lifelong endeavor for this dog. Since his arrival, Leo has been treated for a bladder infection and bladder stones, and may need surgery.
He gets around with the help of a walker and is in better spirits now that he is being cared for properly.
Smith posted on Leo’s Facebook page in June 2015 that the veterinarian performed some neurological testing on Leo and told her that there is a fair chance that he may regain use of the his hind legs with rehabilitation and the use of ankle weights.
The good news is that Leo is currently getting water therapy, and if you look closely at the video Smith posted to Facebook, it does show some form of movement in his back legs.
Leo looks so much better now that he is in foster care. While his journey is still ongoing, the progress that his foster mom has made with this dog is remarkable. Smith hasn’t yet restarted Leo’s crowdsourcing campaign, but you can visit the Help Save Leo Facebook page for updates on his status.