Six-Legged Dog’s Surgery Removes Redundant Limbs

Six-Legged Dog Ariel, the spaniel discovered abandoned in a Pembrokeshire supermarket car park, has triumphantly undergone surgery to remove her extra limbs, all made possible by the generosity of well-wishers worldwide who contributed about $265.91 for her operation.

The 11-week-old pup captured attention after being left outside a B&M store in September, and the life-changing surgery was performed by Surgeon Aaron Lutchman. 

Despite initial concerns that one limb might need amputation, all four of Ariel’s working limbs were saved in the operation.

Surgeon Aaron Lutchman expressed satisfaction with Ariel’s progress, stating, “She’s doing really well, she’s bounced back, and she’s a happy little dog. We’re hoping she’s going to go on to lead a fabulous little life.”

Mikey Lawlor, the founder of Greenacres Rescue near Haverfordwest, shared the challenges Ariel faced, including an additional vulva and the discovery that she only had one kidney. 

Her pelvis was not properly formed, due to having two hip joints on one side, impacting muscle tone in her back right leg. However, recent months have shown signs of improvement.

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Six-Legged Dog Ariel’s Successful Surgery 

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Six-Legged Dog Ariel, the spaniel discovered abandoned in a Pembrokeshire supermarket car park, has triumphantly undergone surgery to remove her extra limbs, all made possible by the generosity of well-wishers worldwide who contributed about $265.91 for her operation.

Six-Legged Dog Ariel that was named after Disney’s Little Mermaid character due to her partially fused extra back legs resembling a mermaid’s tail, underwent a two-hour operation at Langford Vets Small Animal Referral Hospital in Somerset.

The procedures were successful, and Ariel was up and about the next day, demonstrating a remarkable recovery.

Mikey Lawlor expressed gratitude for the support received, noting the incredible response to Ariel’s story from places as distant as New York and Australia. 

He hopes Ariel will be discharged soon and can return to her foster family in West Wales. After weeks of physiotherapy and recovery, the plan is to find her a forever home.

Langford Vets’ hospital director, Vicki Black, emphasized the collaborative effort required for Ariel’s care, involving multiple specialist teams in orthopedics, soft tissue surgery, anesthesia, and radiology. 

As part of the University of Bristol, the hospital is committed to innovation and the well-being of animals like Ariel, who has now successfully recovered from surgery.

The heartening journey of Ariel, from abandonment to surgical success, serves as an inspiring tale of resilience and compassion, drawing support from across the globe.

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