A quadruple amputee Rottweiler named Brutus has become only the second dog ever to walk on four prosthetic limbs.
Brutus, who lives in Loveland, Colorado, became disabled after he got severe frostbite on all of his four paws and was maimed by his breeder, who tried to amputate the limbs himself.
But now Brutus’ loving foster mother Laura Aquilina is training him so he can get used to living with artificial limbs. (Scroll down for the video.)
Aquilina told KDVR:
You can’t explain to an animal why you are putting these contraptions on their feet. You can’t explain it to them, that it’s to help them.
Brutus’ new limbs, which he received in September 2014, give him a high step that resembles a “bucking bronco”, Aquilina says.
Although the Rottweiler can now take walks outside, Aquilina wants her two-year-old dog’s life to become completely normal. She said:
It’s not always pretty. We want to be able to give him a higher function where he can run and play with other dogs, go on hikes.
Aquilina explains that she has Brutus do exercises and play outside, so that he can improve his balance.
And the Rottweiler will soon undergo physical therapy and also get an improved set of prosthetics.
Brutus’ artificial limbs were created by OrthoPets of Denver, which makes prosthetics for about 250 animals worldwide every year.
OrthoPets founder Martin Kauffman said that Brutus was “dealt a short hand”, however he can now “get out and do normal doggy things”. He told KDVR:
It just makes you feel so good.
Aquilina said that Brutus serves as an example of why people shouldn’t give up on animals with disabilities. She said:
If he ended up in a shelter they’d say he was unadoptable because he’s missing his feet.
I think its good for people to know we can work with animals like this.
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