Pit bull rescue fitted with prosthetic hind feet - FOX 35 News Orlando

Pit bull rescue fitted with prosthetic hind feet

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

This is a story about Blossom, a one-year-old pit bull rescue that loves swimming, cuddling and just being a dog. 

But unlike most pups, she doesn't get to enjoy running, at least not yet.

Blossom's mother chewed off her back paws when she was just a baby.  Discarded, she eventually ended up at the Orlando Human Society and SPCA Shelter.

"She comes in with that happy grin and tongue hanging out.  You cant help but fall in love with her," says Jake White, Executive Vice President of SPCA.

The staff quickly fell in love, says White. 

"She has kind of become my baby," says Blossom's foster dad, Rodney Purvis.

Rodney not only fostered Blossom, but he also rearranged his home to better suit her needs.

"I have literally lined out my home in foam flooring," he says.  "She has a really hard time walking on hard surfaces."

She simply has a hard time walking.

"Some days she can hobble across the street, and then she will stop sometimes midway," says Purvis,  "and then, I will pick her up and carry her home."

But Blossom's troubles may soon be over.  Orthotist Stephen Bremer is fitting her with prosthetic paws.

Because Blossom's feet were chewed off, and not amputated, her legs are uneven and her bones jagged and callused over.

"It's far more difficult than when the surgeon gets in there and does a planned amputation," said Bremer.  "She has crushing spurs going in many different directions."
 
She will likely need surgery, but today she gets one step closer to greater mobility.

"I am really looking to have her give back the way so many others have given to her," says Purvis, who hopes that Blossom can one day serve as a future therapy dog to fellow amputees.

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