Adorable puppy with three legs can’t find a home because no-one wants a disabled dog
A puppy with three legs can’t find a home because she keeps getting passed over for able-bodied dogs.
Five-month-old Ruby was born with a deformed paw and had to have one of her front legs amputated.
But despite puppies normally being snapped up from the RSPCA within a couple of days, Ruby is still looking for a home.
Leanne Manchester at the Derby RSPCA Centre where Ruby is currently being looked after said: “She’s an adorable dog – so friendly and full of life.
“But her disability means she is still lonely. If she wasn’t missing a leg, she would have been rehomed by now.”
Ruby arrived at the centre a month ago with a problem with her front right leg.
Her owners were struggling to deal with her and asked the RSPCA to find her a more suitable home.
A veterinary inspection showed that a birth defect had caused her front leg to be folded up and there was no choice but to amputate.
But because Ruby was already used to only having three limbs, she was able to run around straight after he surgery.
The rottweiler and Staffordshire bull terrier cross made a fantastic recovery and staff have been trying to find her a new owner ever since.
But, despite being a happy and otherwise healthy puppy, no one wants to take Ruby home.
Leanne and her team have been continuing to help Ruby build the strength in her remaining three legs by taking her to hydrotherapy and physiotherapy sessions.
At the moment, her stump is too small for a prosthesis, but Leanne hopes that any future owner might be able to work with a vet to get Ruby back onto all fours with a false leg.
When she does finally find someone to look after her, she’ll need gentle exercise as opposed to lengthy hikes and continuous monitoring of her legs and health.
Leanne, 25, said: “She is the happiest puppy you will ever meet in your life.
“Unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done for her.
“The problem was a birth defect in the bones of her leg, which meant it had grown at an angle.
“Even if the leg could have been straightened, it still wouldn’t have been as long as her other front one, so it had to be amputated.
“We have thought about prosthetics, but there’s no stump for it, so it’s likely she’ll have to manage without one for now.
“We’ve been looking for donations to help pay for Ruby’s treatment and now we’re just looking for someone who wants to take her home.
“I think people are concerned that because she only has three legs she will be much more difficult to look after and they are worried about taking on the extra responsibility.
“We wouldn’t want people to take home a puppy without thinking it through carefully but Ruby is such a great dog and I hope people can see past her disability to see that.
“She is 100% worth it.
“She will need some more support from her vet than the average dog, but she is fantastic with children and other dogs.
“She just needs gentle exercise and an owner to love and care for her.”