A therapy dog who helped provide emotional relief after the Surfside collapse in Miami is now in need of help himself.
Teddy, a trained crisis-response dog from Philadelphia, spent three weeks working in Surfside, Florida, providing psychological comfort for those mourning and searching for loved ones lost in the collapse.
Sadly, the six-year-old basset hound-lab mix got hurt while helping workers dig through the rubble.
On Wednesday, July 14th, after weeks of non-stop caregiving, Teddy awoke unable to pick himself up. His back legs just stopped working. X-rays showed potential torn ligaments in his knees and a possible herniated disk.
Along with physical therapy, Teddy is also undergoing acupuncture to relieve his pain and is receiving laser therapy.
Teddy’s veterinarian stressed that flying the hero dog on a commercial flight back home to Philadelphia would be too stressful.
Driving would be too difficult for him, so Sophia Barrett asked for help online.
Teddy, a trained crisis-response dog, got hurt while helping dig through the rubble of the Surfside, Florida, condo collapse. https://t.co/x0O1C6YyMg— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) July 21, 2021
Titan Aviation Group Owner Dirk Vander Sterre quickly offered his assistance.
He said, “I wanted to be involved. What Teddy was doing down there was great.”