Heartless prankster steals dog's wheelchair

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  • Happy ending: Wheelchair later found near the owners' property
  • But what kind of meanie would mess with a disabled dog?

Everyone knows you don’t kick a dog when it’s down -- and when that dog happens to need a wheelchair to get around, well, you’d have to be a world class jerk to be mean to her.

But that was the story this past weekend in Franklin County, Kansas, when Lou and Jeffrey Baker contacted the authorities to report that their dog Sammy’s wheelchair had been stolen off of her body, according to affiliate KCTV.

Sammy was lying on the ground without her hardware when her owners discovered her Saturday morning and alerted police. Both the law enforcement on the scene and the family were shocked that someone would do something like this.

“I think it was someone thinking it was a funny prank, and it wasn’t funny at all,” Lou Baker said. “She was left on the cold ground, and she can’t get around.”

The 50-pound boxer developed a progressive muscular disease late last year that rendered her back legs useless. The wheelchair allows her mobility that she could not otherwise have.

The family suspected that the wheelchair could have been dumped near the Spirit Trail where they live. Sure enough, it was found about an eighth of a mile away from their home with a pin removed -- which is how the thieves got it off Sammy’s body -- but otherwise undamaged.

The Bakers, who own a family of four boxers, say they feel angry about the situation, but that they are grateful that Sammy wasn’t hurt. They have openly vowed to keep a closer eye on her in the future.

A note to all past and present dog wheelchair thieves: You guys are the worst!

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