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Rescued paralyzed dog comforts siblings with autism

Willie the paralyzed dog was rescued after being abandoned in a dumpster. He now spends his days scooting around in a special wheelchair and comforting a pair of siblings with autism. (Photo courtesy Good Morning America)

December 18, 2013 3:04:30 PM PST
A paralyzed dog that was rescued after being abandoned in a dumpster a few weeks ago in Florida has a new mission in life.

The pup named Willie was found by an employee at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay in a box near a trash bin. His tail and hind quarters from the waist down were paralyzed.

Willie was adopted by a family that has two children with autism. The siblings quickly took a liking to the pup, who now spends his days scooting around in a special wheelchair and comforting the two kids.

Sherry Silk, the executive director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, tells ABC News that it's not common that a dog found in a trash bin makes it into a loving home so quickly.

"It's a great holiday story that he's now in a home with other dogs and is now going to be loved for the rest of his life," she said.


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