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A paralysed rescue dog who was cruelly dumped in a rubbish tip never stops smiling after finding his forever home.
Little Benji, who is a Tibetan Terrier mix, was found in Romania after being almost beaten to death. Poor Benji had a broken spine and was immediately taken for specialist care where he underwent a double amputation.
Although the experience was devastatingly traumatic for the pooch, Benji has since been adopted by loving owner Philippa Esson, 44, who has given him the happy forever home he deserves.
Mum-of-three Philippa, from London, said: "Benji is such a happy boy and he's actually always smiling.
"He's so friendly and loves life on his wheels. It's hard to believe that he was beaten almost to death and then dumped in a rubbish bin.
"He was left to die before he was rescued by a charity who ensured he was given a second chance at life."
In photos, happy Benji can even be seen smiling with his new family as he heads out for walks in his custom made wheelchair.
Philippa first heard about Benji's story through her 17-year-old daughter, Isabelle, who had been following the story online.
Benji was rescued by Flori's Friends Rescue - a dedicated charity who specialise in rehoming abused and neglected animals in Britain and Europe.
"His injuries were so severe that he was paralysed from the waist down," said Philippa.
"The rescue charity tried to fundraise to save his life and we donated to help aid his recovery.
"Isabelle, as well as my two sons, Joseph, 15, and Noah, nine, had always wanted a dog and when Benji's adoption fell through last year, we knew we had to give him a home.
"Everyone knows him when he's out on his walk. Benji is like a little local celebrity and he loves the attention.
"He's very spoilt now and although he started out as being very timid, he's full of energy now and loves running on his wheels."
Philippa and her family hope their story will encourage others to help dogs with disabilities.
"Benji has so much life to give," she said.
"We are unsure how old he is but we think he's about three now. We feel so lucky to have him as part of our family and he absolutely loves the kids.
"There's lots of dogs with disabilities that deserve a second chance. Benji adapted to his wheels really well and he enjoys walks just as much as any other four legged dog."
This makes us so happy!
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