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Yorkie Paralyzed After Saving Three-Year-Old's Life

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 (KCEN) -- One small dog in south Texas is paralyzed after saving a three-year-old's life. 

An 11-pound Yorkie was paralyzed on Friday after he saved a young child from another dog.

Ezio the Yorkie is suffering from a broken neck, spinal cord and a crushed trachea.

The incident happened on Friday in Dickinson, Texas.

Shannon Long told KHOU that her neighbor's dog broke through a plywood fence and aggressively approached her 3-year-old grandson in their backyard. 

When the neighbor's dog broke through the fence, Ezio charged toward the much larger dog.

Long told KHOU that the dog was 10 times the size of Ezio.

Long said that once Ezio charged toward the bigger dog, the dog picked up Ezio by the mouth and shook him several times before throwing him from his mouth. That is when the three-year-old ran inside. 

Ezio was rushed to a veterinarian's office where it cost $5,000 to just keep him alive. 

Long found out later that it is going to cost another $10,000 to give Ezio a shot at walking again.

The veterinarian said that if they cannot afford to pay for the surgery, then they will have to put Ezio down. 

As for the larger dog that attacked Ezio, Long says that this has been a recurring problem since she began to live in the house. She says an animal control officer told her that he could not take action unless the dog harmed her grandson or killed Ezio.

The family has set up a site to raise donations. Click here if you would like to contribute to Ezio’s recovery.

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