Edward: The Peg-legged Pug
Edward the pug was given birth to with 3 legs and a stump, however today walks on all fours following becoming fitted with a prosthetic limb.
The one-year-old rescue dog is one of the first animals in Australia to be provided with an artificial leg and can at last run and play with his friends at the Pug Rescue and Adoption center in Victoria.
Because of this, Ed has been selected as the face of a new Victoria State Government welfare fund that will give protection to prone pets like himself.
When he first showed up at Pug Rescue and Adoption Victoria, his saviors were informed that Ed had his leg bitten off by his mother as a small puppy, however it is more probable that he was born with the little stump.
Following a fairly ‘unsteady’ path to the rescue center, which included behind sold to as a breeding stud (in spite of missing a leg, a testicle and having a genetic skin condition) and then publicized as a ‘cheap way to own a pug’, Edward was lastly capable to obtain the care he required .
After a journey to Dogs in Motion canine rehabilitation center in Doveton, Victoria, the rescue center team started to focus on getting Ed back on his feet – all of them this time.
WATCH this VIDEO and see Edward taking his first steps:
His peg-leg and harness is designed by Martin Kaufmann, a specialist animal prosthetics expert who said he had numerous restless nights finding out the ideal design for Ed.
After a lengthy process which involved casts being obtained of Edward’s legs and special visits by Mr Kaufmann, who normally works in America, Ed’s distinctive leg showed up in June.
At first, the prosthetic had to be installed with an elastic band so Edward may find out to bring his leg forward as he walked – a thing which he had never discovered to do as a puppy.
Luckily it has been a success and with the harness maintaining the leg in place, Edward can at this point run and play without the help of the elastic band, and the centre hopes he will be adopted by a loving home.
The new $1.6 million fund Edward is endorsing will help not-for-profit animal care centers helping animals in identical circumstances.
The effort was launched by Edward and Victoria State Treasurer Kim Wells at Pug Rescue and Adoption Victoria and will be funded mostly from penalties, fines and seizures from illegal puppy farms with the Government guaranteeing $400,000 a year for the next 4 years.