A United Kingdom shelter has made headlines for rescuing a puppy born with six legs among other anomalies! Greenacres Rescue at the Ebbs Acres Farm in Pembrokeshire was called after they found the female spaniel had six legs and was left in the parking lot near a local veterinary clinic.
The shelter quickly posted on Facebook asking for any information in order to “begin a diagnosis and treatment plan with our vets. We are hoping she can live a normal life, if her tests prove favorable," the rescue noted.
Greenacres wrote in an update on Facebook the following day that “internally [the dog] is normal” and “her organs are all as they should be.” Additionally, she had been given the name, Ariel, because her extra legs looked like a tail. "We have no idea why she would be born with a defect," Greenacres' Mikey Lawlor described. "Never seen this before."
The continued saying, she "has two additional back legs... and her pelvis hasn’t formed properly due to the extra hip joint."
“There is a possibility she may lose one of her own legs due to the structure of the additional limbs and pelvis, but time will tell,” the shelter wrote. “For now, we can relax and just let her be a pup. She has a long road of surgery and recovery ahead, but we are confident we can ‘get her right,’ and that’s all that matters.”
"The extra appendages do not impede her ability to move, although because they are on her pelvis they will cause damage over time," Lawlor said. As of this past week, Ariel “has settled into her foster home wonderfully, and we are now looking at starting her vaccinations."
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