Fabio the Maltese gets help in New Orleans
Fabio, a Maltese in Florida whose back paws were cut off to stop him from jumping over a fence, is headed to New Orleans for evaluation, prosthetics and rehab.
The four-year-old dog, who hasn’t let being hobbled slow him down too much, was being flown to see a team of specialists who will determine what sort of prosthetic devices might help him get around, said Joani Ellis of Florida Poodle Rescue.
“Fabio does not need us. Fabio’s making it on his own,” Dr. Allison Barca, the vet who’s heading the team of specialists, told Action News. “We’re just going to try to make it better for him.”
“I just think he needs something to help the stumps to feel comfortable … 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,” she said.
Dr. Barca was part of a group that outfitted Molly the Shetland pony with a prosthetic leg after Hurricane Katrina.
Fabio was dropped off at a shelter in Miami and taken in by Florida Poodle Rescue, Action News reported earlier this year. His legs had been cut off just above the paw joint.
“The story was that his feet were cut off because he was trying to be an escape artist and climb a chain link fence,” Ellis said. ”And if that’s the worst he ever did, I think the punishment was certainly more than his crime.”
Officials say, based on the amount of callous on the stumps, that probably happened within the last year.
In New Orleans, Fabio will also spend time at Dag’s House, a rehab center for dogs with physical challenges. Ellis said some Dag’s House dogs have gone on to walk in parades in New Orleans.
“I would love to be waving a handkerchief and following Fabio in a second-line parade,” Ellis said. “That would be my dream.”
Posted by jwoestendiek March 12th, 2013 under Muttsblog, videos.
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