A Russian rescue dog who was found without paws was given a second chance at life after she was fitted with prosthetic legs.
When workers in the village of Plastunovskaya first found Monika in December 2020, doctors recommended that she should be put down due to her severe injuries.
However, she ended up with a new spring in her step after a prosthetics operation, led by veterinarian surgeon Sergei Gorshkov, who fitted her with titanium prosthetic legs.
The vet, Sergei Gorshkov, is based in the city of Novosibirsk and has saved the lives of 37 other animals through his prosthetic work since 2015. However, Monika is the first pup to have received his treatment.
According to the vet, Monika is recovering much faster than he anticipated. She is now becoming well adjusted to her new mobility and Gorshkov believes that she will soon be able to lead a normal life.
"I don't think we were optimistic about that," he told CNN. "But on the third day, she started standing up and walking around the clinic, going from room to room."
Monika has had a life of struggle up until this moment, as the volunteers who rescued her from the village of Plastunovskaya suspect that she was abused.
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After she was rescued, Monika was taken in by animal rescue volunteers Marina Gapich and Alla Leonkina, who lived in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar.
Gapich told CNN she and Leonkina had "sleepless nights" over Monika, as they did not want to follow the recommendations by other vets to put her down. They were then able to get in touch with Gorshkov and raised 400,000 Russian rubles (over $5,400) for the operation.
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The prosthetic legs had to be 3D printed in the town of Troitstk, near Moscow. After that, it had to be biocoated at Tomsk Polytechnic University before being sent to Gorshkov to carry out the procedure.
According to Gorshkov, his work has seen new significance since the start of the pandemic, as many people bought or adopted animals during their lockdowns.
"I'm happy to give a new life to the animals since especially now during Covid," Gorshkov said. "People find some consolation in animals and so by treating animals, I treat people."
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