Golden retriever finally walks with prosthetics after quadruple amputations saved her life
A golden retriever has finally walked with prosthetics after a quadruple amputation saved her life.
The adorable pooch, named Chi Chi, was left for dead outside a dog meat farm in South Korea, where she had been tied up by her paws to prepare her for slaughter.
The tight bindings ate away at her flesh and after the farmers deemed her unworthy for food, she was disposed of in a rubbish bag.
Thankfully, she was found by an animal welfare group and in a bid to save her life they amputated all four paws.
Chi Chi was then flown 6,000 miles to Arizona, USA, where Elizabeth, 45, and Richard Howell, 44, welcomed her into their home.
The family have since raised £2,700 for specialised prosthetics for Chi Chi, and the adorable pooch is finally able to go for walkies.
Elizabeth said: “No one knew whether Chi Chi would ever walk again so it’s amazing to see her running around on her new prosthetics.
“We first saw Chi Chi in a video that was shared on Facebook in January just after her amputation, we wanted to know what had happened to her so got in touch with the charity.
“We already had three rescue dogs and were not looking to adopt a fourth but her awful situation just struck me and I couldn’t get her off my mind.
“Once she arrived with us we looked at getting her some specialised prosthetics and started fundraising to cover the costs.
“Since receiving her new prosthetics Chi Chi is finally able to run around with the other dogs, she has so much more freedom now and loves being around people.”
Chi Chi was found abandoned in South Korea, with her feet barely attached and her body covered in cuts and bruises.
A veterinary clinic decided that her four legs were so badly rotten that in order to save her life they would have to be amputated immediately.
In March 2016, Chi Chi was flown to LA where she made the journey to Arizona to be with Elizabeth, Richard and their daughter Megan, 13.
She added: “For the first six weeks that we had her we wrapped her legs up in bandages, it took about 30 minutes every day, but we persevered.
“It wasn’t clear whether she would walk again but the vets in Korea made her some prosthetics, they didn’t fit her properly and gave her a lot of sores, but at least she was able to move around in them.
“After a while we met with a specialist who works with human prosthetics, he made Chi Chi some boots but she struggled to keep them on so we looked at other options.
“Our veterinarian found a prosthetist in Virginia who was willing to take on Chi Chi’s case and we began fundraising to cover the costs of the customised prosthetics.”
After raising £2,700 ($3,500), and with a generous donation from the prosthetist, Chi Chi received her new state of the art prosthetics in late September this year.
Elizabeth said: “Chi Chi’s case is more complicated than others because she needs all four prosthetics to be able to walk.
“The specialist is making her a second set at no extra cost, which is amazing, just so she will always have a set whilst the other is having adjustments made.
“She is still getting used to them but is slowly getting the hang of it and it’s amazing to see her running around with the other dogs.
“She has so much more mobility now and we are working on getting them as comfortable as possible for her.
“Chi Chi is very playful, she is always getting the toys out and loves to be out and about so they have given her so much more freedom.
“Our next step with Chi Chi is to get her certified to be a therapy dog, she is great with people and has a really positive impact on everyone she meets.”