An animal shelter in Minnesota shared photos of a German Shepherd named Quasimodo, named as such due to a rare spinal condition that stunted his growth.
There are only 13 known dogs in the world like Quasimodo, the main character in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
“Quasimodo has nothing wrong with him. He’s just a little different than ‘normal’ dogs,” said Sara Anderson, with the Secondhand Hounds animal rescue group Eden Prairie, Minnesota. “His body is compressed because of his condition [short spine syndrome], so all of his organs are crammed in his belly,” she told ABC News.
She first heard about the dog through a shelter contact in Kentucky.
“His personality is amazing,” she added. “He is one of the sweetest, most loving dogs, once he trusts you. He has a great ‘spunk’ about him.”
Quasi, as he is also called, is unable to turn his head, but otherwise the condition doesn’t affect his normal activities.
Anderson said, “He gets around just fine and knows exactly how to snuggle to fit into a lap,” according to CNN.
“The Quasi of Secondhand Hounds is our hero because he is the definition of the qualities we all admire in our dogs,” his foster parent previously said of him, according to Anderson. “Born different, but never knowing any other way, he seeks to please the people who have shown him kind hands and warm hearts. He may not be as pretty as many dogs on the outside, but his heart and soul shine through and make him one of God’s most beautiful creatures.”
People who are interested in adopting Quasi can visit the Secondhand Hounds page.