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Oklahoma children donate money for dog's wheelchair

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VELMA, Okla. (AP) -- A group of Oklahoma fourth-graders raised money to help an injured wiener dog get a new set of wheels.

The 5-year-old dachshund named Johanna is semi-paralyzed and incontinent after group of teenagers in Tennessee hit her with a baseball bat because, while chained to a tree, she wouldn't stop barking.

Rescuers at the Humane Society of Warren County, Tennessee, found the dog a new home in Fryeburg, Maine.

Fourth-graders at Velma-Alma Elementary in Velma were already raising money to help disabled pets when they heard Johanna's story on "Animal Radio." The students then voted to donate the $423 they had collected to pay for the dog's airfare to Maine and to buy a new wheelchair cart.

Teacher Kathy Barton says new owner Lauren Smith has already sent an e-mail repeatedly thanking the students for their help.
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