HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Last year, WDAM introduced Linus, a puppy who was at Southern Pines Animal Shelter suffering with congenital defects that limited his ability to move. Now, we take a look at where Linus is today with the support of a loving community.
Linus was just a puppy back in 2017, when we first introduced him. A puppy, who spent the first few months of his life confined in a cage. That's where he developed sores, an infection and was unable to use his legs. A good samaritan saw the condition Linus was living in, and brought him to Southern Pines Animal Shelter.
Ginny Simms, Director of Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg says coming in Linus faced a lot of challenges, but with the help of the community, his condition continues to improve.
"When Linus came in we knew he had a whole lot of challenges in front of him, and it was going to take a whole community of support to really find his second chance," Simms said.
Simms says Linus stole the hearts of many when they posted him on their social media page.
"He was featured on our social media, he got a lot of media coverage and when Linus met the world the world fell in love with him," Sims said.
Afterwards, people from around the world began sending in donations. Sims said the support was overwhelming.
"Not just here in our local community, but people from other states and countries wanted to know about Linus," Sims said. "They wanted to know about his progress, they wished him the best and sent him support."
Linus began rehabilitation, and his life progressively improved. Thanks to the many donations on #GivingTuesday, Sims said they were able to buy a cart to make life a little easier for Linus.
"So, we had to wait until his body finished growing," Sims said. "Then, we took his measurements and we were able to have the cart created just for him."
"As they strapped Linus into the cart, Sims said, "It's a little hard to get him in here. He has only had it for a few days now, really trying it out. He is learning how to use it. A whole new world has opened up to him. It's just been amazing to what's been made possible by the people in the community."
More than 500 dollars was raised. Since then, Linus has gained the strength to use his back legs, but still has trouble using his front two.
"It was amazing to see this dog who before coming to us faced certain death, just blossom into a happy, go lucky pup who is winning the hearts of people all over the world," Sims said.
The cart was made possible through fundraising. Linus did have a weekend visit with a potential adopter.
As of now, he remains in the care of Southern Pines Animal Shelter.