Rescued disabled dogs become internet sensation
A social media video showing the bond between two disabled dogs has captured the hearts of thousands of viewers.
The clip of pups Piacsso and Newt, who were both born with facial deformities, highlights the incredible work undertaken by Luvable Dog Rescue, a non-profit organisation which saves the lives of vulnerable animals.
Based in Eugene, Oregon, the animal sanctuary rescued the two dogs in 2017 after founder and director Liesl Wilhardt found out seven-year-old Piacso was going to be put to sleep just because the crossbred was born with a condition called wry mouth which causes one side of the mouth to grow longer than the other.
Wilhardt told Mirror Online: "After seeing a photo of him and his very twisted snout, I reached out to the shelter and learned he was on 'death row' in the shelter.
"I began posting videos right away of Picasso's wonderfully wonky face, which quickly went viral. I live with 11 rescue dogs, three cats and a pig.
"They all love each other and have a lot of fun together. They love to walk on our trails in the woods and I think lots of exercise their whole lives have helped with their health and longevity."
The dogs have been featured on social media posts for the past six years thanks to Wihardt's perseverance to spread the word about the thousands of vulnerable animals living around the world.
Three-year-old Newt lost his upper snout after his mother bit his face when he was born, the dogs also have a brother called Wacku who lost his snout in a horrific machete attack.
Picasso and Newt are the best of buddies and have built up quite a following on social media.
Wihardt said: "People's reaction to our videos is almost entirely positive. It makes people happy to see dogs overcoming the odds and finding happiness.
"There are always a few horrible comments from those who know nothing about the dogs or their stories and say cruel things about their appearance. I use our platform as social media influencers to encourage adoption and try to find homes for [dogs] and raise funding for our non-profit organisation. Our motto is 'compassionate action'."
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