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Quadruple Amputee Dog Gets Four Prosthetics on All Limbs


Image credit: Sasha Foster, a canine rehabilitation therapist, working with Brutus to help him adapt to his new prosthetic limbs. Better Paws for Brutus / CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Brutus is a two-year-old Rottweiler, but he is quite unique, because he can now walk again with four new prosthetic limbs thanks to a great fundraising job done by his two helpers from Loveland in Colorado.

Why did he lose his paws? The tragedy started like this—as the victim of neglect, he had been left in the open air under the freezing temperatures for a quite long time, thus developing frostbite on all four paws. In order to save him, its owners tried to amputate his paws themselves, as a result, they botched it up in the process, so Brutus could not walk any longer.

As Laura Aquilina, the dog’s new owner said, without the prosthetics, Brutus would have been confined to rooms with carpeting. To help him walk again, Aquilina and Laura Ornelas, an animal rescuer, initiated a GoFundMe page, trying to raise the fund of $11,900 necessary for the surgery. Finally they raised $12,612, so that Brutus was fortunate enough to undergo the surgical procedure as expected.

During the surgery, Dr. Gall had to get rid of bone fragments on Brutus’ mangled paws, his dew claws as well as two toes on his back paw to be ready for the prosthetics. In the following step, the Denver-based Orthopets provided Brutus with four sleek new limbs.



Image credit: Better Paws For Brutus / Facebook / CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Credit: Better Paws For Brutus / Facebook / CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Although it has taken eight weeks for Brutus to recover and six months to be rehabilitated, he is in good shape and still gets some physical therapy regularly.

As Sasha Foster, a canine rehabilitation therapist at CSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital said, they would continue working with Brutus, assisting him to get used to his new prosthetics. As soon as he was good at it, they would help him be engaged in higher-level functioning activities, such as hiking and playing with other dogs.

If you would like to know more about the Brutus’s recovery, you could go to meet him on Facebook here.