A spaniel dog born with six legs and found abandoned in a supermarket parking lot is now like other dogs after her extra limbs were surgically removed.
Ariel, named after the “Little Mermaid” character because the extra two-legged appendage on the end looked like a fin, ran around the grass Saturday as she adjusted to life on all fours.
“She’s doing great,” said Vicki Black, director of Langford Vets, the small animal veterinary hospital where she had surgery Thursday.
The dog, which had multiple birth defects, was found in central Pembroke, Wales, in September. Animal rescue organization Greenacres Rescue took her in and raised funds for her operation.
Black explained that the hospital, which is part of the University of Bristol, had never seen a six-legged dog or performed such an operation.
“Ariel was a complicated dog,” Black said. “We are a center that believes that learning lasts throughout a career and we are proud to innovate and treat pets like Ariel.”
His extra legs protruded from his right hindquarters and appeared useless, dangling next to his wagging tail as he walked a little awkwardly in a video recorded before the operation.
When he was discharged on Saturday, he walked out onto the hospital lawn with the determination of a hunting dog, his nose to the ground and pulling on the leash.