Quasimodo The Short-Spined German Shepherd Wins Hearts Online

Short-Spined German Shepherd
Quasimodo the short-spined German shepherd was rescued by a shelter in Minnesota. Photo: UPI

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Feb. 1 (UPI) — A German shepherd at a Minnesota animal shelter is becoming a social media star due to his unusual appearance resulting from short spine syndrome.

Quasimodo, a German shepherd branded Quasi the Great by his Facebook page, is one of only 13 dogs ever diagnosed with short spine syndrome, which resulted in his having a crooked spine, missing vertebrae, a shrunken stomach, a corkscrew tail and only one testicle.

The Secondhand Hounds animal shelter in Eden Prairie, Minn., said Quasi was found wandering the streets as a stray and was brought to a Kentucky shelter by animal control agents.

The shelter said offers for adoption have been pouring in from all over, but Quasi first needs to undergo several surgical procedures, the first of which is scheduled for Monday.

The shelter said Quasi does not appear to be in pain, and his back can’t be fixed surgically, but he has some issues resulting from being on his own that need to be addressed.

“Secondhand Hounds currently has almost 200 dogs available for adoption (some with special needs) and there are millions of animals waiting for their chance in shelters and rescues around the world. If you have room in your home and your heart, please consider adopting one of these animals that want nothing more than love, and a second chance,” the shelter said in a Facebook post.


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