Puppy Whose Legs Were Cruelly Cut Off Gets The Best Gift


Joey was just a puppy when someone did something terrible to him. They cut off part of his back legs when he was only six weeks old, and he could not walk properly.


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Luckily, someone found him and took him to Water4Dogs rehabilitation clinic. There, in partnership with Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs, the medical team decided to do everything they could to help Joey regain use of his back legs in some way.


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Even though the puppy had adapted and learnt to walk without his back legs, it was causing a sever curve in his spine and the team wanted to fit him with prosthetic legs, so that he could live a normal, long, happy and mobile life.


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The first step was rehabilitation, which included flexibility and strength training so that no permanent changes would come from the few months he had been walking on partially severed back legs.


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Joey also underwent water training, in which he walked on an underwater treadmill and swam in the pool.


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Then the medical team fit the pup for custom-made prosthetics. Joey's foster mom was with him every step of the way, and he grew stronger and more positive every day. Finally, the legs were ready and Joey tried them on.


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Merrick Pet Care had heard about baby Joey's story and made sure that he had all the care he needed. Once he was walking around on his "new" hind legs, Joey learnt to run and play like a normal puppy should.


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His foster mom said:


It's been such a joy to have him that it's going to be very, very difficult and emotional when he finally finds his forever home.


Luckily, Joey had no trouble finding several loving families who wanted to adopt him, and today he is living a happy life with his new back legs. You can watch the full, hearwarming video below:


Meet Baby Joey, a puppy who was abandoned and lost part of his hind legs. We partnered with Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs and Water4Dogs to give him the rehabilitation and prosthetics he needs to walk again. #BestDayEver

Posted by Merrick Pet Care on Monday, August 29, 2016