Owner HACKED OFF dog’s legs with a machete to stop him jumping over the garden fence (but he’ll soon walk again with prosthetic paws)

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“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.

The adorable dog was rescued from his abusive home in Miami by Florida Poodle Rescue last month, according to ABC Action News. (see ABC story below)

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.

Rehabilitation: Fabio is set to be given prosthetic legs to avoid the pain he seems to feel while walking

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.

Dr Barca has experience with animal prosthetics, having helped to fit a Shetland pony with a new leg in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

On parade: The dog could be joining his new roommates marching in a New Orleans second line parade

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.

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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.


“Fabio will fly to New Orleans and he will be examined by Dr. Allison Barca.  She’s put together of team of specialists to examine him,” said Joani Ellis of Florida Poodle Rescue.

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.

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Dog shot and killed in Windward Oahu

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Former state senator Fred Hemmings was brought to tears Wednesday.

“To leave a dog on the side of the road fighting for its life, what kind of punishment can you give a guy like that?’ said Fred Hemmings, resident.

Early that morning, Hemmings heard the sound of two gun shots and the yelping of a dog.  When he came outside, he spotted a white maltese dog in the distance lying on the ground, covered in blood.

“Obviously this is a pre-meditated act, the person drove up here, I live up here there is no white maltese house dogs walking around the district up here,” Hemmings said.

Hemmings says the female maltese, had two visible gunshot wounds, and was still alive but fighting for her life.

“Such a cruel act, in-humane act not only to shoot the dog in the manner it was shot but to leave it there on the side of the road still fighting for its life,” Hemmings said.

The two-year-old dog was taken to the Kaneohe VCA Hospital, but the gunshot wounds to her neck and hind areas were too severe and she could not be saved.

“The dog had been neatly groomed neatly kept and clean this is clearly somebody’s loved pet,” said Vernon Ling, Hawaiian Humane Society.

The Hawaiian Humane Society says the maltese did not have a micro-chip or collar, and they are trying to locate her owner.  They are offering a $2,500 reward for information that would lead to the conviction of the person responsible.

“We are opening up a felony animal cruelty investigation and right now we have no leads or suspects in this case,” Ling said.

Hemmings said, “If they can catch this guy or whoever did this they should be dealt with to the full extent of the law.”

The maximum penalty for felony animal cruelty is five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Anyone with information can call the humane society’s 24-hour hotline at 356-2250.

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