Edward is a Pug who was born without a back leg. Now thanks to the efforts of the Pug Rescue and Adoption Centre in Victoria, Australia he has received a new artificial leg. The one-year-old rescue dog is among the first to receive a prosthetic limb in Australia.
Edward can walk and play with his doggie friends at the centre while he awaits his forever home. But his road to the centre wasn't an easy one.
He had been sold to a breeder as breeding stud despite his birth defect and a genetic skin condition. Later he was advertised as "a cheap way to own a pug". Rescued, he was taken to Dogs in Motion rehabilitation centre where they worked with Ortho Pets on creating him a special leg - one that had never been attempted before.
Ed getting a cast done for his artificial leg. Photo: Pug Rescue and Adoption
After a lengthy design process the ingenious device was fitted on Edward. When Edward first got his prosthetic he did not know how to move his leg forward as he had never learned how. But the team used some ingenuity and attached an elastic band to help him learn.
Edward can now walk without assistance. Photo: Craig Borrow/Newspix
After rehabilitation work, Edward can get around and even run. Edward's success has led to him to have been selected as the "spokes pup" for a new Victoria State Government welfare fund of $1.6 million that will help protect and help other animals in need like Edward. The new fund will be primarily be funded from money collected from penalties, fines and seizures of illegal puppy mill farms.
For anyone interested in adopting Edward or helping out other pugs in need, contact the Pug Rescue and Adoption Victoria.
When Edward first got his prosthetic he did not know how to move his leg forward as he had never learned how. But the team used some ingenuity and attached an elastic band to help him learn.
After some training, Ed learned to walk without assistance!
via Daily Mail