Paralyzed dachshund found by dumpster up for adoption


FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – More than two months after she was found abandoned by a Donelson dumpster on one of the coldest days of the year, Smiley, the paralyzed dachshund, is up for adoption.

Smiley underwent surgery in late January to remove an infected plate in her back and has been recovering since then.

She took a little while to recover from [the surgery] but the infection is gone, the implant is gone, and she is as good as new. “She’s doing great,” explained Dr. Garrett Dawson, the veterinarian overseeing Smiley’s treatment.

After a few months recovery, Smiley is now healthy enough to find her forever home.

Until she is adopted, she will remain in the care of Happy Tales Humane in Franklin.

Happy Tales has been in touch with Smiley’s former owner and was able to get the dog’s cart, similar to a wheelchair, since she does not have use of her hind legs.

“From the moment we put her in the wheels, she’s been non-stop,” said Happy Tales Executive Director Debbi Cure.

The shelter is taking applications for a permanent home for Smiley.

Cure said her future owner must have a lot of time to dedicate to the special-needs dachshund.

“We’re trying to take all the time that we need to make sure she goes into the right home right off the bat.”

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