Brutus the amputee Rottweiler adapts to new prosthetic legs

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[Photo courtesy of Better Paws for Brutus]

Nothing like a feel good pet story to add some delight to your day. Especially when it’s a cute canine with a comeback story that utilizes some pretty innovative technology to fight his perils.

For Brutus, the quadruple amputee Rottweiler, those perils lay in his paws, or lack thereof. Sadly the cute pup, endured a nasty accident where he caught frost bite on all four paws and his breeders, at the time, attempted amputating the infected area themselves.  Well, surprise, surprise at home amputation was not the best idea, as the procedure was botched and poor Brutus was left in very poor condition, barely able to walk.

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[Photo courtesy of Better Paws for Brutus]

Luckily for Brutus, he found himself in the arms of a new caretaker, Laura Aquilina, who enlisted the help of, animal rescuer, Laura Ornelas to help raise funds for a very much needed corrective surgery for Brutus. Thanks to a very helpful community, they raised $12,612 of the $11,900 needed for surgery. As per Aquilina,

 “Dr. Gall removed bone fragments on Brutus’ mangled paws, his dew claws, and two toes on his back paw in preparation for the prosthetics.”

With the aid of Orthopets, a animal rehabilitation center based in Denver, CO, Brutus was provided with 4 new prosthetic paws and a helpful staff to help use them. His full recovery took about eight weeks with six weeks of post rehab. His rehabilitation therapy includes underwater treadmill exercising, balance activities and neuro re-education training to help him adapt to his new legs. Once he gains back basic functions of walking and running; Brutus and his physical therapist aim to excel to even hiking and playing with other dogs, making him no different than any other pup.