Axel: Road To Recovery Continues

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by Victoria Taylor

ANCHORAGE-A little more than one month ago, Axel, a hound dog mutt-mix arrived in Anchorage. He had been abandoned by his owners in King Salmon. They told neighbors they planned to shoot him, but allegedly decided to tie him to a tree instead. Axel was bound by both his back legs.

To break free, he chewed off about 20 percent of his hind legs.In order to reach four legged full force Axel had a double leg amputation last week."He's recovering pretty well from that and learning to use his wheel chair and a lot happier overall," said Veterinarian John Quo, with the VCA Bering Sea Animal Hospital. Axel has been at the VCA clinic for more than a month.

After the amputation, axel traded up from four legs to two wheels.He is now learning a new mobility with a camo wheelchair. On Monday Axel and Dr. Quo are practicing with laps around the clinic."It's pretty much just going to be little laps like this to get him used to it," said Quo.

Dr. Quo plans on making booties for Axel when he's not in the wheel chair. His road to recovery continues with the hope one day he will no longer need the chair. The goal is to outfit Axel with prosthetic legs. Something veterinarians expect will cost about $3,000.
 
For now, he continues to thrive among his four legged friends.A fund has been set up for Axel's recovery at Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue.