“Over the course of his exams, we did X-rays and discovered that he actually had a bullet in his spine,” said Terri Bondi, founder of Save Underdogs. “It was causing nerve paralysis to his back legs and tail.”

The shaking dog with the mangled, rotting leg was never supposed to make it out of the shelter alive. 

But Terri Bondi, founder of Save Underdogs, happened to be at the shelter that day two months ago to pick up another dog. When she saw him, she knew she couldn’t leave without him. 

“I saw him laying there with the gross, mangled bloody leg ... ” Bondi said as her voice trailed off. 

Bondi took the dog home and immediately brought him to Dr. Niesje Langston at Magnolia by the Gulf Small Animal Clinic in Foley, Alabama. In addition to heartworms and parasites, the 3-year-old “good ol' Florida mutt” named Job suffered from a gruesome leg injury that apparently had been left untreated for quite sometime. Doctors had to amputate the leg, but noticed something appeared to be wrong with the other one as well.

“Over the course of his exams, we did X-rays and discovered that he actually had a bullet in his spine,” Bondi said. “Because it was so close to the spine, it was not operable. It was causing nerve paralysis to his back legs and tail.”

Bondi said there’s no way to know how the pup came to get his injuries, so she doesn’t spend a lot of time focusing on Job’s past. Instead, she ordered him a custom-made leg brace and a doggie wheelchair, and has been spending her time helping him navigate the world in his new set of wheels.

“He’s doing really great with his wheelchair,” Bondi said. “He runs like the wind, he gets so excited and he just races around.”

Bondi said she was going to have to spend the weekend repairing Job’s wheelchair because he had been racing around in it so much that he actually broke it.

“He’s super happy and he just loves everybody,” she said “He eats like crazy. He loves to play with other dogs.”

Bondi said she hasn’t found anybody to adopt Job yet, and is prepared to keep him for quite some time until the perfect family comes along. In addition to his wheelchair, Job also has trouble controlling his bladder and must wear a diaper, and he is still being treated for heartworms.

But, Bondi said, she will remain patient and doesn’t plan to give up on him anytime soon.

“People said we should euthanize him,” she said. “But he’s willing to fight, so we’re going to fight. Now that he’s come this far, there will be a special person out there that comes along.” 

Save Underdogs is in need of donations for Job's care in the form of money and disposable belly bands in size medium for his incontinence. To learn more about Save Underdogs, visit www.saveunderdogs.com.