A ONE-LEGGED dog whose plight has captured worldwide attention is up and running again thanks to artificial limbs. Glory was brought 2,000 miles from Romania to Cumbria after a couple read of the animal’s plight and saw photos of her on Facebook. She had suffered horrific abuse in her home country, which resulted in both of her front legs being amputated up to the knee and the bottom part of her left hind leg removed.
Her story was featured in The Cumberland News last month and went on to appear in publications around the world. Vanessa and Roger Bamkin, the Brampton couple who have taken Glory into their home after getting her transported from Romania, were hoping to save up about £1,400 to pay for an artificial paw to replace the missing part of her hind leg and she would then balance herself on a trolley, becoming more mobile as a result.But the extensive media coverage saw donations flood to the Bamkins
from Europe, North America and Australia, making replacements for all three of Glory’s lost limbs affordable. The four-year-old mixed breed dog has now been fitted with new legs, which are being used as prototypes to discover her exact requirements. The final models will appear later this year or in early 2014. Mrs Bamkin, 52, of Dacre Road, is delighted to see her pet up and about. “I feel wonderful,” she said.
Glory was awake while she was fitted with the legs at the Capontree Vetinary Centre in Greenhill, Brampton. Mrs Bamkin said: “When we put her out in the corridor (to take her first steps), all of the vets came out to look at her walking.” The legs are made of special plastics and foams and have hinges. They were manufactured in Denver, Colorado, by a company called Orthopets. They have been moulded to fit her stumps and are held in place with harnesses.
Glory is now focussing on learning how to use her new front legs. Mrs Bamkin said she was adapting well. “She just ran after another dog,” she joked. I had to run quite fast to catch up with her.” Mrs Bamkin has been asked to record Glorys’s progress, with the videos being monitored by both vets and Orthopets.
Rod Hunt, the firm’s European technical director, said this was the first time a triple amputee had received this treatment in Europe. “She is taking to them better than one would expect,” he added. The limbs were fitted by Colin Lindsay, the principal practitioner at Capontree. He said: “It was a first for the practice and just to see a dog that has come in with stumps then you attach these prosthetic limbs and they are walking about is just fantastic.” Making fibreglass casts for Glory’s new legs took around six hours, with the animal under sedation while this happened. However, fitting the prototypes took around 20 minutes. Mr Lindsay added that the experience would help them if they have to treat an animal with a limb injury in the future.