Leg amputation to give dog new lease on life: Winnipeg Humane Society
Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016 8:00AM CST
Last Updated Thursday, March 3, 2016 7:36PM CST
The Winnipeg Humane Society said a leg amputation surgery will help give a dog in its care a new lease on life.
Yazmine, a one-year-old Husky-Shepherd cross, broke her front right leg and received no medical attention for the injury.
As a result, the fracture didn’t heal correctly, leaving the dog with a significant limp and deformed leg.
"She definitely has a bit of a wobble in her step right now,” said Kyle Jahns from the WHS. “It's just a little uneven."
On Thursday, Yazmine will have that leg amputated. The WHS said the amputation could have been avoided if the animal received care shortly after the injury occurred.
However, the humane society’s director of animal care said Yazmine will be better off as a three-legged dog than one with a leg that causes obstruction.
"We do try to save the leg whenever it's possible," said Dr. Erika Anseeuw. "Even if it's a shortened leg, or a little bit less functional, because three-and-a-half legs are better than three, but in her case it's best to remove the leg."
After she heals, Yazmine will be available for adoption.
"She loves meeting new people,” said Jahns. “Very friendly, always willing to give a jump up for a little kiss. She's going to make a great addition to her forever home."
- With files from Jon Hendricks