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Russian rescue dog Monika has a new leash on life after prosthetics operation


The operation was carried out by vet Sergei Gorshkov, who relies within the metropolis of Novosibirsk and has fitted 37 animals with prosthetic limbs since 2015 — though Monika is the primary dog to learn from his work.

Two weeks after her operation, the pooch is adjusting properly to her new mobility — and Gorshkov says she is going to quickly be main a regular life, though he was “surprised” by the velocity of her restoration.

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“I don’t think we were optimistic about that,” he instructed CNN. “But on the third day she started standing up and walking around the clinic, going from room to room.”

However, it wasn’t simple getting Monika into the operation room — she was initially discovered with out her paws in December 2020 by staff within the village of Plastunovskaya, and the volunteers who rescued her suspect she had been abused.

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Monika was introduced into the care of animal rescue volunteers Marina Gapich and Alla Leonkina, based mostly within the southern Russian metropolis of Krasnodar, the place she had her broken limbs amputated and obtained a blood transfusion.

Gapich instructed CNN she and Leonkina had “sleepless nights” over Monika, and disagreed with veterinary recommendation to have her euthanized. The two girls obtained in contact with Gorshkov and raised 400,000 Russian rubles (over $5,400) for the operation.

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Monika’s prosthetics then needed to be printed by a 3D printer within the city of Troitstk, not removed from Moscow after which biocoated at Tomsk Polytechnic University earlier than Gorshkov carried out the process.

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For the vet, a lot of his work has taken on a new significance over the last 18 months, with the “pandemic pet” being particularly essential to some.

“I’m happy to give a new life to the animals since especially now during Covid,” Gorshkov stated. “People find some consolation in animals and so by treating animals, I treat people.”

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And Monika has already discovered her approach into the hearts of the volunteers who rescued her. Asked whether or not the pooch could be staying in Novosibirsk, the reply from Gapich was a particular no.

“We are her carers, we are responsible for her!” she instructed CNN, including that she and Leonkina had been in contact with a London-based animal behaviorist who may now be consulted on Monika’s case.


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