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Six-legged dog has her extra limbs removed

Ariel was born with six legs (Langford Vets Small Animal Referral Hospital/University of Bristol/PA)
Ariel was born with six legs (Langford Vets Small Animal Referral Hospital/University of Bristol/PA)

A six-legged dog who was found abandoned in a car park has undergone surgery to remove her extra limbs.

Ariel, a spaniel puppy, was found in Pembroke town centre in September last year and after a fundraising appeal was able to have surgery.

The dog was taken in by the Greenacres Rescue charity, near Haverfordwest, and has been cared for by a foster family.

She was named after Disney’s Little Mermaid character because her partially fused extra back legs resembled a mermaid’s tail.

Ariel, who was born with multiple birth defects, was operated on at Langford Vets Small Animal Referral Hospital in Somerset.

A spokesman for the charity said: “Her additional limbs have been removed. Thankfully having the CT images meant they did not discover anything unexpected and although it wasn’t a regular amputation it was ‘uneventful’.

“When we spoke she was in recovery, having lots of love and fuss from the nursing team but all be reassured she’s doing well.

“We really hope she will now have an easy and quick recovery.”

Surgeons Aaron Lutchman and Ed Friend helped in Ariel's treatment
Surgeons Aaron Lutchman and Ed Friend helped in Ariel’s treatment (Langford Vets Small Animal Referral Hospital/University of Bristol/PA)

Vicki Black, hospital director at Langford Vets Small Animal Referral Hospital, added:  “Ariel was a complicated little dog whose care required close collaboration across a number of our specialist led teams including orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery, anaesthesia and radiology.

“We are delighted such a lovely dog has recovered from her surgery well.

“As part of the University of Bristol we are a centre committed to career-long learning and are proud to innovate and treat pets like Ariel.

“Ariel deservedly has many devoted supporters, it was a great pleasure to treat her and work with Greenacres Rescue.”