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Six-legged dog has her extra limbs removed

20 Jan 2024 2 minute read
Surgeons Aaron Lutchman (left) and Ed Friend with six-legged dog, Ariel. Photo Langford Vets Small Animal Referral Hospital/University of Bristol

A six-legged dog who was found abandoned in a car park in Pembroke has undergone surgery to remove her extra limbs.

Ariel, a spaniel puppy, was found in the town centre in September last year and after a fundraising appeal was able to have surgery.

The dog was taken in by the Greenacres Rescue charity, near Haverfordwest, and has been cared for by a foster family.

Little Mermaid 

She was named after Disney’s Little Mermaid character because her partially fused extra back legs resembled a mermaid’s tail.

Ariel, who was born with multiple birth defects, was operated on at Langford Vets Small Animal Referral Hospital in Somerset.

Ariel’s fused back leg. Photo Greenacres Rescue

A spokesman for the charity said: “Her additional limbs have been removed. Thankfully having the CT images meant they did not discover anything unexpected and although it wasn’t a regular amputation it was ‘uneventful’.

“When we spoke she was in recovery, having lots of love and fuss from the nursing team but all be reassured she’s doing well.

“We really hope she will now have an easy and quick recovery.”

Vicki Black, hospital director at Langford Vets Small Animal Referral Hospital, added: “Ariel was a complicated little dog whose care required close collaboration across a number of our specialist led teams including orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery, anaesthesia and radiology.

“We are delighted such a lovely dog has recovered from her surgery well.

“As part of the University of Bristol we are a centre committed to career-long learning and are proud to innovate and treat pets like Ariel.

“Ariel deservedly has many devoted supporters, it was a great pleasure to treat her and work with Greenacres Rescue.”


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

Remarkable…a vet once said to me that dogs come with three legs and a spare…

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