Meet Cuda, The Hunchback Hound With an Adorable Smile

Cuda suffers from what is called Short Spine Syndrome, aka Baboon Dog Syndrome. Essentially, it is a genetic condition in which the sufferer — in this case, the pit bull — is born with a deformed spine or none at all.

Since rescuing the dog, the LeRoys have joined online communities with others whose companions suffer from the same birth defect.

She and Cuda have connected with support groups and those who have a vested interest in stopping inbreeding and are interested in helping abandoned animals find good homes.