A therapy dog who was left unable to walk after helping bereaved families at the site of the Florida condo collapse got a first-class ticket back home to Philadelphia — thanks to an offer by a New Jersey aviation group.
Teddy, a 6-year-old basset hound-Labrador mix, came to Surfside with a team of crisis response pups immediately after last month’s tragedy.
Since then, he’d been on site to greet those who came to look for and mourn the dozens of loved ones lost in the collapse.
But after three weeks of nonstop caregiving, Teddy awoke last week unable to pick himself up.
“He’s just not able to walk,” Dr. Tonya Carswell, Teddy’s attending doctor in Florida, told CBS 4 in Miami.
Dr. Beth Hirschfeld, a veterinary acupuncturist, told the station that the benevolent dog apparently developed “a possible herniated disc, as well as a partial tear of his cranial crucial ligament in his knee.”
Teddy’s owner, Sophia Barrett, was hoping that a fundraiser