Saturday 24 March 2018

Abandoned dog who lost paws to frostbite learns how to walk in new prosthetics

Brutus with his new paws (Photo: Facebook/Better Paws for Brutus)
Brutus with his new paws (Photo: Facebook/Better Paws for Brutus)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A young Rottweiler dog who developed frostbite when he was a puppy is now learning how to walk again with his new prosthetic paws.

Two-year-old Brutus was left outdoors in freezing temperatures as a puppy and the decision was taken by his breeder to amputate all four of his paws.

Brutus, who lives in the US city of Loveland, was discovered in a car park by his new owner who is now helping him to walk again.

“He developed frostbite. His breeder then proceeded to cut off all four of his paws,” owner Laura Aquilina said.

Brutus’s rescuers raised a massive $12,000 through an online fundraising site. The money was used to remove bone fragments and to buy the prosthetic paws.

Prosthetic paws have only been developed within the past 15 years and experts have said not all dogs get used to them.

Aquilina said they will still find a way to move forward if Brutus cannot get used to his new paws.

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