Three-legged rescue dog consoles human amputees - New York News

Three-legged rescue dog consoles human amputees

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WESTPORT, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Callie Mae, an eight-year-old black lab, who lost her front, left leg now comforts patients at Atlantic Prosthetics & Orthotics in Westport, Mass., according to a release from MSPCA-Angell.

Callie was brought into the MSPCA's Jamaica Plain adoption center in October with extensive nerve damage in her front, left leg. Her paw was bloody and she was unable to lift it because of the nerve damage. Her owner was forced to surrender Callie because of the cost and time it would take to get her the help she needed. Callie lived with her previous owner for eight years, the release said.

After Callie was surrendered, the veterinarians at the adoption center were forced to remove her front leg to prevent her from reinjuring her paw. After the surgery, they found a foster home for Callie while she adjusted to having only three legs.

After a few weeks had passed, Kathleen Easterbrooks, who operates Atlantic Prosthetics & Orthotics, stopped by the shelter looking for a comfort dog for human amputees. Easterbrooks adopted Callie immediately and she now comforts patients of all ages every day at Atlantic Prosthetics & Orthotics.

"It's heartwarming to see Callie in action; it's almost like she understands given her own amputation how challenging it can be for human patients who are trying to make their way in the world despite their disabilities," Easterbrooks said.

The youngest patients especially love Callie, who sits by their side when they are fitted for new limbs and rests her head on their hands, the release said.

"It's difficult for most of us to understand how challenging life can be for disabled people-particularly amputees who struggle to envision a future given their condition," Easterbrooks said. "Callie's constant presence is immeasurably beneficial to patients who often cannot shake hands or rise to greet-but who take tremendous comfort when Callie stations herself by their side."

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