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Dog amputee receives prosthetic leg donation

TUCSON – Over a year ago, a Labrador Retriever named Athena was caught in a bear trap in Mexico which led to her leg having to be amputated.

Southwest Oasis Lab Rescue has been caring for her since September.

“Athena is such a precious sweet dog, she’s just been so easy because nothing fazes her, she’s loving, she’s loyal and loves to be with people,” said Athena’s foster owner, Jeannette Wahl.

Flash-forward to today and Athena has been given the chance to walk on all fours again.

Hanger Clinic, which focuses on human prosthetics, made and donated a special one for Athena after hearing her story.

Now, Athena will go through rehab to learn how to use it.

“There’s honestly never a guarantee that she’ll use it the way she would have used her leg before but at least if we can get some of the compensatory pain of the stress off the other shoulder and upper back, legs and her back that’ll be a win,” said Kate Titus, owner of A Loyal Companion.

Wahl has been coming down from Phoenix to make sure Athena gets her care, but now she will go to a Tucson-based foster family to be near her rehab facilities.

The next step is for Athena to find her forever home.

“I will probably cry because I love her very much,” said Wahl.

Southwest Oasis Lab Rescue hopes that Athena can eventually work as a therapy dog for other amputees.

If you would like to help or get involved, you can find their information below:


Mark Mingura

Mark Mingura joined KVOA as a Multi Media Journalist in October 2019. Originally from the valley and with ties to Tucson, Mark is excited to get back to his home state and tell the stories of the Old Pueblo.

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