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Lithia vet center seeks special-needs child for loveable lab

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Joy was covered in gasoline and in severe pain from a badly broken leg. Photo courtesy VCF Joy was covered in gasoline and in severe pain from a badly broken leg. Photo courtesy VCF
LITHIA, FL (WFLA) -

A local vet clinic is playing matchmaker with the hope of connecting a special-needs child with a loveable labrador.

The Veterinary Center at Fishhawk is caring for a one-year-old lab-mix nicknamed "Joy" who has overcome a lot in her young life.

A good samaritan found Joy roaming the streets and brought her to the vet center last week. Joy was covered in gasoline and in severe pain from a badly broken leg.

The staff suspected that Joy may have been abused or possibly hit by a vehicle. Her leg was in such bad shape, veterinarians considered amputating it. But, they decided against it. Joy's young age and joyful disposition were factors in the decision.

The community is rallying behind this young dog with the hope she'll find a loving forever home.

Clients at the VCF helped pay for the cost of Joy's special surgery. A local Bark Busters home dog training team will train Joy to make her the perfect dog for the child and family who adopt her.

The VCF wants to place Joy with a special-needs child.

They're teaming up with the Hillsborough Animal Foundation to make it happen.

"Joy is simply a wonderful dog and she should be shared with a special child,"

said Don Thompson, Executive Director of the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation.

If you know of a physically or intellectually challenged child in the local area that would like Joy as a companion, contact the VCF by email at contactus@vcfishhawk.com or call the VCF clinic at (813) 681-9080. All submissions will be considered by the VCF staff.

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