OKLAHOMA CITY - Walking and running are essentially important to animals, especially dogs.
Usually, veterinarians are doing their very best to save a pet's precious limbs, not remove them.
But, recently, a orphaned terrier needed a life-saving amputation in order to be eligible for a forever home.
"He came to us walking on the top of his paw, which was a sign to us that something was up with his leg," said Central Oklahoma Humane Society's Abby Wolfe. "After our vet looked at it, it seems that something has happened to his leg and it has healed improperly and, because it has gone so long without being fixed, now it's in a state where it's just going to get worse and worse."
So, the Central Oklahoma Humane Society's Rita's Angel Fund will pay for the amputation surgery this week.
It's a special program for dogs that need medical intervention in order to be adoptable.
"We see this kind of resilience all the time. So, this guy, we have no doubt, he will proceed with a happy healthy life," Wolfe said.
The surgery was a success.
The little pup will be getting used to life as a three-legged dog for a few weeks then ready for adoption after that.