Paralyzed dog rescued from Kuwait, coming to Richmond

Paralyzed dog rescued from Kuwait, coming to Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A dog, who is paralyzed, is making her way to the Richmond SPCA on Monday afternoon after traveling from Kuwait.

Her name is Diamond, and Richmond SPCA officials say she was hit by a car several months ago and left for dead. She survived, but she lost one of her rear legs and was paralyzed in the other, which meant she had to drag herself through the sand in Kuwait City.

Sue Bell, of the Northern Virginia group, Homeward Trails, was in Kuwait helping dogs in need. When she met Diamond, she said she knew the dog was in "desperate need of better care" than Diamond could receive where she was.

Bell said Diamond would have greater resources if she was brought over to the United States.

Richmond SPCA CEO Robin Starr saw Sue's plea for help for Diamond on Facebook and offered to care for her at the facility, where she will have veterinary care and have a permanent home.

Officials said it took several weeks to arrange to bring Diamond to Richmond. According to Richmond SPCA, she was scheduled to fly to Dulles on Saturday, but flash floods in Kuwait City prevented Diamond and Sue, who was traveling with her, from leaving. The two finally boarded a plane and landed in Dulles on Sunday.

Richmond SPCA's CEO and admissions manager drove up to Northern Virginia to meet Diamond and are expected to return between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday.

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