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A young boxer-bulldog mix found malnourished, paralyzed and suffering on the streets of Mexico was named “Thor” by a rescuer who believed he was a superhero.

As Thor continued an amazing recovery in Los Angeles this month, his name was proving to have been aptly chosen. His rescuers have been bowled over by his determination to live, and his affection for his human caretakers.

The Mutt Scouts, a Los Angeles-based dog rescue, brought Thor for major medical treatment in Southern California, where he was being re-trained to walk at Two Hands Four Paws. He has also received treatment at Echo Park Vet Hospital.

“We’ve learned … about humility, tenacity, kindness and just the joy of the moment from this kid,” said Jf Pryor of the Mutt Scouts.

Lu Parker reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. To help, go to and click “Donate.”