Three-pawed pup Hopalong has 'no fear'

2016-02-19 08:51
Little Hopalong (Photos supplied)

Little Hopalong (Photos supplied)

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Johannesburg – He was found two weeks ago hopping on the side of a road in Soweto, but now a little three-pawed puppy refuses to accept that he is unable to keep up with his furry friends.

Hopalong, as he has since been named, may have had a rough start to his life, but the 6-week-old mutt believes he is just one of the guys.

Samantha Berger, founder and director of Kitty and Puppy Haven, said two weeks after being brought to the pro-life organisation’s Midrand offices on February 8, he has improved in leaps and bounds.

It appeared that someone amputated one of his hind legs below the knee by using an elastic band to cut off the circulation. The other was still tied when he was brought in.

“But we are doing all we can to save his remaining back leg,” Berger said on Thursday.

“Last week we were a bit worried as he couldn’t feel any sensation, but he will soon be started on hydrotherapy as well as physiotherapy.”

Hopalong is being treated with antibiotics and a good diet while being mollycoddled by the organisation’s chairperson.

Hopalong's paw where it was cut off.

“He has adapted brilliantly. He has no fear, runs around freely and doesn’t seem to realise that he doesn’t have all four legs.”

But “doing his business” is another story.

“Because he doesn’t realise there is something wrong with him, urinating and defecating results in him lying flat on his stomach as he is unable to keep his balance. His leg causes him to collapse.”

Nevertheless, he refuses to stay down for long. He has a zest for life and the 15cm pup is as busy as they come.

“He is getting bigger and stronger and once he is ready, he will be put up for adoption. There is a long road ahead for him, but we remain hopeful,” she said.

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