The dog in this photo is called Quasimodo. He lives in Kentucky, USA and it's easy to see why so many people thought the photos were fake. He just doesn't look like other dogs. His body is shorter and he barely has a neck.
Quasimodo was found on the streets. The stray had a collar on that was way too tight. The collar was so small for his neck that it cut into his flesh and his skin eventually grew over it. Due to his unusual shape, many counted him for a dead dog walking.
His unusual appearance is due to a genetic defect called 'short spine.' Dogs with this defect often have curled tails and squeezed rib cages with missing ribs. The defect comes with some health problems that may require surgery. There are only 14 known cases of this worldwide, so Quasi really is a special dog.
Unfortunately for Quasi, he landed in a loveless home with owners who didn't look into his obvious problem and instead abandoned him as a pup out on the street. His neck is still sore from the collar that buried itself into his skin.
The animal rescue organization is working to support Quasi, getting him back on four paws and ready to adopt. I'd say his chances of finding a home are pretty high. When a 6-second video of him was released on Facebook, 70,000 people viewed it in a short amount of time. Dozens of potential adopters immediately offered Quasi a new home.
But Quasi is taking his time. First he has to make a full recovery. His sensitive neck needs to heal and then he'll be ready to find a loving family to call his own. His carers have no doubt that things will work out for him. The dog's open, friendly character charm every person who gets the chance to meet this strange small creature. We wish Quasi a speedy road to recovery and hope he lands soon in a loving home!