Caretakers remain optimistic of puppy's recovery after abuse


by Johnny Archer

Posted on February 9, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 9 at 8:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Since Coco was born 15 weeks ago, the little puppy has been fighting.

“Every day is kind of around, what can we do to help Coco? Then to find out that the possibility this little girl getting up running to the vet sad was pretty much nil,” Angie Fenton said.

In the meantime, the German shepherd-husky mix pulls and scoots herself to where she wants to go.

“It was kind of a heartbreaker on Friday to see all of the work and stuff that we’ve been doing – get in the bathtub with her and take her swimming to strengthen her legs.

Great Day Live’s Angie Fenton and her boyfriend Jason are Coco’s foster parents.

The couple took her in after the Arrow Fund rescued her near Murray, Kentucky in December.

“The report from animal control said a group of younger adults dropped a weight on her back,” Rebecca Eaves of the Arrow Fund said.

Coco was paralyzed when she was 5-weeks-old.

“The neurons are firing and they’re not really speaking to each other. So her legs are moving, but she doesn’t really know it,” Eaves added.

Doctor’s initially thought Coco would never walk again but there are signs she’s making progress.

“But if you see how she’s barely standing – when we found out last week that the vets don’t believe she’s ever going to be able to walk again. It’s hard to believe that, because when we got her at 5-weeks-old she could barely stand. So we’re still seeing the progress,” Fenton said.

Regardless of her condition, Coco remains playful and energetic as any other puppy.

The Arrow Fund will look into getting a cart for Coco.

Doctors from around the country will review her case to see if she will be a good candidate for stem cell therapy.