Dog’s paws replaced with blades after sword attack

Cola was taken to a vet after he was hacked by a man with a sword because he gnawed on a pair of boots.

The dog survived, but was left with two stumps for front paws.

Now, he has a pair of blades a Paralympian would be proud of after being taken to Soi Dog foundation on Phuket island.

Cola with his 'stumps'. His legs were maimed after he gnawed some boots
Image:Cola’s legs were maimed after he gnawed on boots

The lightweight feet were tailormade for Cola, who was not able to bound around in his heavier prosthetics.

Owner John Dalley, who rescued him, said: “(These legs) give him a lot more balance, a lot more spread.

“It’s actually quite amazing how adaptable dogs are and how forgiving they are.”

Cola is believed to be the first dog who has had the more expensive suspended-style prosthetics, made recognisable by British Paralympian Jonnie Peacock.

His limbs sit in a socket, and his feet suspend around in a C-shape.

Cola relaxes after being able to run in his new 'blade runner' prosthetics
Image:Cola’s new paws mean he can run around again

“What we wanted to achieve was…something that was not so heavy, that could be a bit flexible in the feet so that when he jumps and bounces they would not be completely stiff,” said Teddy Fagerstrom, director of the orthopaedic lab which fitted the blades.

He added: “[Cola] is not embarrassed being an amputee.

“He just acts as he always did.

“I think he will show that having a good pair of legs will make it possible for you to continue to run and have fun.”

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