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Local rescue dog reaches new heights with prosthetic leg

TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — A dog rescued from Africa and left to die is conquering new heights despite having the odds stacked against him.

The founder of Willows Wings animal sanctuary, Willow Sullivan rescued Lex from Dakar last winter.

His hind legs were brutally chopped off, leading to a severe infection. When Sullivan took him in, they also discovered Lex was fighting cancer. In her care, he overcame his infection and even beat cancer, but Lex wasn’t stopping there.

With both back legs gone, Lex would need a prosthetic to have a chance to ever walk, but experts said even that might not help.

Sullivan was determined to help Lex walk again so she took him to Cornell to be fitted for a prosthetic leg. In June, Lex recieved his first prosthetic. It allowed him to walk again, but he was still limited.

About a week ago, Lex was given an altered prosthetic that would allow him to reach even greater heights because of the better fit.

“I had been watching him he had just been outside and I opened the door and he got to the stairs and he stopped and I immediately knew he’s going to try and go up those stairs…and I stood there and slowly one by one he managed to get up the stairs and I was just shocked,” said Sullivan.

Lex can now climb up and down stairs and run just like any other dog.

Sullivan says its thanks to donations from the community that dogs like Lex are able to get a new lease on life. Find out how to donate on Willow’s Wings Facebook Page.

Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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