Dagnabit, a rescued dog in a wheelchair from New Orleans, La., has captured the grand prize in the Judged Category of the 2010 Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest. It’s no wonder the judges were moved by his story—in his previous home Dagnabit’s ears had been cut off and he may have been forced into dogfighting. Then, after Kim Dudek helped to rescue him in 2004, he required emergency surgery for three ruptured discs in his back.
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Post-surgery, Dagnabit became immobile and dejected. But Kim was determined to see him recover and, after treatment with a canine massage practitioner, a veterinarian acupuncturist, and a veterinarian specializing in chiropractic and homeopathic medicine, Dagnabit was able to stand again. A wheelchair was made special for him and, while Dagnabit’s winning photo was taken during his rehabilitation, we’re pleased to learn that he’s now out of the wheelchair and learning to walk again.
Dagnabit’s photo was one of more than 32,000 submitted to this year’s contest, which all told raised $527,000 to support the lifesaving spay/neuter programs of The HSUS, Humane Society International, and nearly 300 local animal shelters and organizations around the world. In the Fundraisers Category the top vote-getting photo—of Ciao, a former gas station dog in Bucharest, Romania—raised more than $32,000 for Romania Animal Rescue Inc.