“Wouldn’t any normal owner just higher the gate, or am I just being stupid? would that be too simple…Fxxxxxg arse holes, I suppose they got off with a slapped wrist, if they were caught, can’t find anything to suggest they were prosecuted. Oh, how animals must hate us human beings & I don’t blame them one bit! I would take this baby in a heartbeat if I could, somebody is going to get a little angel!”
A dog which had his back legs cut off with a machete has learned to walk again thanks to the attention of dedicated specialists.
Fabio, a four-year-old Maltese, was cruelly mutilated by a previous owner after attempting to climb over a chain-link fence.
Now he is set to be fitted with a new pair of prosthetic legs to stop him suffering from agonising pain as he runs around exploring the world.
When he was taken in his back legs had been cut off just above the paw joint – the equivalent of the human ankle
Joani Ellis, from the rescue home, suggested his legs were ‘probably tied off with some type of tying mechanism and hacked off with a machete’.
She added: ‘The story was that his feet were cut off because he was trying to be an escape artist and climb a chain link fence.‘
However, the adventurous pet is nonetheless able to walk around – albeit at a reduced pace – and is looking for new home.
This week Fabio was flown to New Orleans for specialist treatment by leading veterinarian Allison Barca.
She told ABC that the dog was ‘making it on his own’, but appeared confident that her team would be able to alleviate his continuing pain and discomfort.
And she said that Fabio is likely to require similar treatment, receiving artificial extensions to his limbs which will help his mobility.
‘I just think he needs something to help the stumps to feel comfortable as they remodel through life and to keep them protected from hitting the ground,’ she said.
‘You just can’t order a set of boots that are going to strap to his legs. They’re going to have to be altered to fit this little dog individually.’
The unfortunate pet will be housed at a rehabilitation home for injured dogs, and could soon join his new roommates at a second line parade in the city.
Another take on the story
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Four-year-old Fabio, a Maltese, is moving around Monday afternoon like he does most days, slowly but surely. But starting tomorrow, Fabio’s life will likely change forever; for the better.
His back legs hacked off just below the joint by someone who didn’t want him to jump over a backyard fence, Fabio has adapted and gets by at his own speed.
“Fabio does not need us. Fabio’s making it on his own. We’re just going to try to make it better for him,” said Dr. Barca by phone from New Orleans.
Dr. Barca was part of a group that outfitted Molly the Shetland pony with a prosthetic leg after Hurricane Katrina. Barca says there’s several avenues of help to explore when it comes to Fabio.
“I just think he needs something to help the stumps to feel comfortable as they remodel through life and to keep them protected from hitting the ground. The two little booties are not going to match. In other words, you just can’t order a set of boots that are going to strap to his legs. They’re going to have to be altered to fit this little dog individually,” explained Barca.
Fabio will also spend time at Dag’s House, a rehab home for dogs with physical challenges. Some of those dogs have even walked in second-line parades in the Big Easy.
“I would love to be waving a handkerchief and following Fabio in a second-line parade, that would be my dream,” Ellis said.
Big plans for such a small dog who once faced some pretty tough odds.