When Chi Chi the golden retriever was found outside a dog meat farm in South Korea, no one was sure she’d be able to walk again.
Chi Chi has been tied up by her paws to prepare her for slaughter, the tight bindings cutting away at the flesh on her legs, but was disposed of in a rubbish bag after the meat farmers decided she wasn’t good enough to eat. Thankfully the golden retriever was found by an animal welfare group in time for them to save her life.
Her paws were barely attached to her body and badly rotten. Vets decided that the best course of action was quadruple amputation, removing all four paws to prevent further pain or infection.Chi Chi was lucky enough to find a home soon after. She was flown 6,000 miles to Arizona, where Elizabeth and Richard Howell welcomed her into their home.
For the first six weeks in her new home, Chi Chi had to have her legs wrapped with fresh bandages every day. She was given prosthetics by vets in South Korea, but they didn’t fit properly and left her with sores.
So the family decided to do everything they could to help Chi Chi walk again. they raised £2,700 towards specially made prosthetics for Chi Chi, and-with a generous donation from the prosthetist-they were able to give Chi Chi the new paws she needed to walk again.
The prosthetist even made Chi Chi a second set at no extra cost, so that she’ll always have a spare set if her main set need any adjustments.
Chi Chi is now getting more comfortable every day, and can already walk and run as much as any other dog. She spends her time walking with her friends, playing with toys, and generally having a grand old time.
Next up, Chi Chi’s family would like to get her officially certified as a therapy dog, so she can go on to help others in need.
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