Jesse, the adorable mastiff mix puppy that was found lying in the woods and unable to walk last month, continues to recover and earlier this week stood on all four legs without help.
Video posted to Facebook by the New York Bully Crew shows the pup standing on all fours without a harness and very little help from a handler as she tries to grab a treat. The pup's progress comes weeks after she was found abandoned with an inhumanely hacked-off tail near a blanket in a park in Harlem.
NBC 4 New York first reported on Jesse a few days after she was found in mid-April. At the time, she couldn’t walk without the help of a special harness, and the group was taking her to veterinarians and neurologists to figure out why she couldn’t use her legs.
The group said in a Facebook post Wednesday that it may never be known why Jesse couldn't use her legs when she was found, or if she'll ever be able to walk unassisted. But it appears she has made some strides: other posts show Jesse swimming in a therapy pool, walking with the help a trainer and sitting up on her own. One video shows her running into therapy with the help of a harness.
“We also know that we must follow through for as long as needed to ensure that we do not give up on her, as we know she will never give up,” the group said. “We are all elated to see the progress that Jesse has been making, but we know there is so much more work to do.”
The rescue thanked donors in the post for their help in rehabilitating Jesse but asked for additional contributions to her care. The group has started an online fundraiser for the dog’s care and is already more than halfway to a $10,000 goal. Donations can be made here.