MACON, Ga. (WMAZ) -- It's the tale of a lost dog with two names, whose two paralyzed back legs
have confined it to a two-wheeled cart.
And the story started with a simple blog on 13WMAZ's "Where You Live" community website
and was followed with a Facebook post.
In fewer than 24 hours, thousands of Central Georgians had seen and shared
the story of a wheelchair-bound chihuahua who'd been found "rolling around loose
in the area of Daffodil Street, off Mercer University Drive."
His name, we were told, was Princeton.
Questions -- about Princeton, about the owners -- poured in, as did offers to
adopt the little dog that could.
13WMAZ's Tom George and Jacqueline Harnevious wanted to find answers for
those questions, so they tracked down Regenia Brabham, the woman who is caring
for Princeton while the search for his owners continues.
Brabham is the president and founder of Critical Care for Animal Angels, a
rescue group in Warner Robins. She met us in the lobby of a Houston County
MEETING THE 'PRINCE'
In her arms, Princeton is docile, calm and wrapped in a "puppy pad" when we
met him. Brabham explains he lost control of his bladder when his two back legs
And now, his wheelchair is in the shop too. It didn't quite fit right, so one
animal lover is making new straps for it while Lowe's donated new wheels.
Though more than a little heartbreaking, Princeton can scoot around without
the help of his wheelchair, which Brabham demonstrated when she set him down.
LOST AND FOUND
Sarah Tenon, the director of Bibb
County Animal Control, says Princeton was picked up around Daffodil and Lilly
The two roads are set back away from Mercer University Drive in
a quiet neighborhood, with a few boarded-up homes.
We stood on the porch of the home of a man who says he and his mother took in
the dog for about a month.
But he didn't know the dog as Princeton.
"Oh, that's Chico," Quinton Carswell said when he saw a picture of the
Carswell says Chico didn't have injuries when they
first started looking after him. But after he was hurt, it was his mom who got
Like most dogs, Chico didn't like to stay in the yard. One day, he just went
missing. That was about a week ago.
FINDING A HOME
The happy ending -- a reunion of a lost pup and his owner -- won't be.
Carswell says his family misses Chico, but they don't have the means to
continue taking care of him.
He hopes Chico finds a good family. Judging from the comments we've seen, it
won't be hard to make that happen.
Tenon says they'll go out to meet Carswell and his mom to get their consent
to release Chico for adoption.
And if the vet approves, Brabham says
Princeton -- or, Chico, if you prefer -- will be up for adoption Sunday at the
PetSmart in Macon.