A Good Samaritan who lost her dog to a degenerative nerve disease last week came forward Saturday with her pet’s wheelchair, replacing one that was stolen from the front of a Richmond pet caretaker’s home.
San Francisco resident Sandra Gordon said once she saw the story of Smoocher’s stolen chair on KTVU, she knew what she had to do.
“I saw it on TV and knew what I had to do,” she said. “This is what Mason would have wanted.”
Gordon lost her dog, Mason, to a degenerative disease similar to Smoocher’s last week.
“I had a truly incredible dog and he continues to impact people’s lives,” she said.
Smoocher’s caretaker Laura Wagner and Gordon fitted the wheelchair to Smoocher, whose tail was waging mightily as he took his first steps.
It was a dramatic difference from less than 24 hours earlier when Wagner made a plea to whoever stole the chair to please return it since Smoocher could not get around without it.
Smoocher, a 12-year-old boxer mix, lost the use of its rear legs to his illness last year. Since then, the dog has been using a specially designed wheelchair to get around. That was until it was stolen from in front Wagner’s home Friday afternoon.
“He had just got done with his walk,” she told KTVU of the crime. “And I took him in the back to clean him up and someone swiped it.” Without the chair, Smoocher had to have a towel wrapped around his waist so Wagner could help support him and his mobility was extremely limited.
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