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JCPS students help abandoned dog walk again

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Cracker Jack was abandoned in a foreclosed apartment in 2011. Cracker Jack was abandoned in a foreclosed apartment in 2011.
Left without the ability to walk, students fundraised and helped design a cart to help Cracker Jack resume mobility. Left without the ability to walk, students fundraised and helped design a cart to help Cracker Jack resume mobility.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A dog once left to die is now on the mend thanks to the help of students and staff at Jefferson County Public School's Phoenix School of Discovery.

The students have been helping the boxer named Cracker Jack recover after he was discovered severely malnourished. Cracker Jack was abandoned in a foreclosed apartment in 2011.

"He has a degenerative neurological issue, which is similar to what a person would have in terms of cerebral palsy," said project leader and secondary science instructor Jackie Sharp.

Left without the ability to walk, students fundraised and helped design a cart to help Cracker Jack resume mobility.

Monday, the dog surprised students and staff with his progress by walking down the third floor hallway with the assistance of his cart.

"I would like to see him walk on his own, and hopefully we can help do that," said Phoenix Hill of Discovery student Kelsey Caudill.

Staff said while the students help Cracker Jack by facilitating his recovery, he also helps them by boosting morale throughout the school.

"He's just a bundle of joy," said Phoenix School of Discovery student Matthew Wuerthele.

Cracker Jack has been adopted.

While undergoing rehab at the Phoenix School for Discovery, Cracker Jack will also serve as a therapy dog.

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