When Brutus was just a puppy, his breeder left him outdoors in the brutal Colorado winter weather where the pup suffered frostbite to all four of his feet. Instead of seeking veterinarian care for the tiny Rottweiler, the owner decided to cut the puppy’s toes off. After that, probably figuring out the dog could hardly walk, tiny Brutus was offered for sale at a Walmart parking lot; luckily a Good Samaritan rescued him.
For the next year, Brutus’ family tried to rehabilitate him, but the dog could hardly walk, was unable to climb stairs and definitely couldn’t run as all young dogs yearn to do. The family decided to re home him.
Brutus has been placed in a foster home, who have been coordinating all of the dog’s medical needs. The ultimate goal is to equip Brutus with four prosthetic paws so that one day he will be able to do everything other dogs can do.
In order to help Brutus with the medical expenses, the family created the Facebook page, Better Paws for Brutus-Canon City CO. According to Denver CBS.com, the group is raising money to pay for four prosthetics for the dog’s feet.
“I long for the day when I can see him go on a regular walk down the street and be a regular dog, and play with other dogs, and not be confined to just a carpeted area,” said Laura Aquilina, one of Brutus’ caretakers.
The breeder has never been located; phone numbers have changed and been disconnected, addresses have changed and leads have been dead ends. And if Brutus could speak, this is his advice:
“I hope that by sharing my story, I can help to educate people that if you do choose to purchase a puppy from a breeder in lieu of rescuing, just how important it is to find an ethical breeder and not purchase from the “backyard” variety. Please click here if you are considering purchasing a puppy from a breeder…but don’t forget to check out your local humane society or breed-specific animal rescues too; after all, I am a RESCUE DOG now and can attest to how great they are!
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Make sure you check out the slideshow; this dog has an unconquerable spirit. He is indeed an inspiration.
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