AK: Dog caught in trap gets prosthetic limbs
November 11, 2009
Up and running, the 'bionic' hound who chewed his limbs off to get out of
a hunting trap
Tearing across the park, Andre the mongrel looks just like any other dog.
But a closer look at the Alsation-Rottweiler mix reveals that his ability
to walk - let alone run - is something of a miracle.
That's because Andre only has two legs - after he was forced to chew off
his limbs when he became ensnared in an illegal hunting trap.
I've got the ball! Andre charges over a park with two natural legs and
two prosthetic limbs
Weighing just under three stone, Andrew was found close to death on an
Alaskan roadside last year.
Bleeding severely from wounds when he was rescued by the Alaska Dog and
Puppy Rescue group (ADPR), he was nursed back to health and now enjoys a
full life thanks to ingenious prosthetic limbs.
Amy Kauffmann, who runs the Orthopets animal prosthetic limb company in
Colorado, said the charity approached her to fit him with two false limbs
just below the elbow of his front and rear left legs.
'I had been in contact with the ADPR group since Andre's accident in
early 2008," said Ms Kauffmann, 31, who runs OrthoPets animal prosthetic
limb company in Denver, Colorado.
'They sounded me out about fitting Andre with a pair of prosthetic limbs
and we were only too happy to help. They are specially designed with a
silicon cushion to enable Andre a larger amount of comfort.'
'We were happy to work with ADPR and the American Human Association to
foot the £2,800 medical bill for him.
'He is a beautiful dog, reacts well to children and so far everything is
going according to plan."
Now living with a friend of a former colleague of Amy's, Andre has become
an unlikely symbol for anti-trapping campaigners in the US.
'Andre was caught in a totally gruesome wolverine trap in Alaska,'
"Animal rights campaigners are always keen to use Andre as an example of
what these kind of traps can do.
"The fact that he chewed off his own legs just to get free says a lot
about the character of the dog.
"It is great to see him so fresh and happy." Happy on his new legs, Andre
returns to see Amy and her husband Martin at OrthoPets once every few weeks
for a check up.
Andre has become an unlikely symbol for anti-trapping campaigners in the
after he was caught in a trap aimed at catching wolverines (pictured)
Martin Kaufmann with Andre. He founded Orthopets, in Denver, Colorado,
with his wife Amy
"We treat two to six animals a month here in Denver from all over the
globe," said Amy.
"Me and my husband set up OrthoPets in 2003 so we could professionally work
with and indulge our love of animals.
"Pets should get the same kind of care as a normal person, there is no
reason why they shouldn't have another chance.'.
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