Meet Maisey! In late November, 2015, North Shore Animal League America saved the lives of 90 dogs and puppies during a Puppy Mill Rescue in the Midwest.
One of the puppies rescued was a gorgeous Morkie (Maltese and Yorkshire terrier mix) puppy. The literal picture of perfection, this 7-week-old pup looked like a stuffed animal much better suited for a toy store shelf than the filthy, cramped cage in which she was born. But after her initial examination in our Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center our veterinarians discovered the tiny Morkie puppy wasn’t as cosmetically perfect as it seemed.
“Maisey was born without the lower part of her hind paws. While it is hard to know for sure without evaluating the parents other siblings, birth defects like these often have a hereditary basis,” said Animal League America Vice President and Chief of Veterinary Staff, Dr. Mark Verdino. “What is important to note is that this commercial breeding facility would have likely euthanized Maisey, an otherwise healthy puppy, since she would not be saleable.”
Doctor Verdino and his team fitted the tiny rescue with commercial booties on the limbs to protect the skin on the bottom of her stubs where weight-baring pads would usually reside. He said once she is fully grown, he and his team will look into fabricating prosthetic feet to allow her full function with no pain or trauma.
As the newest member of our Sponsor Pets Program, this gorgeous girl will receive everything she needs from Animal League America to live a happy, healthy life, and she even has a new family to call her own, complete with canine siblings.
Despite not having feet on her hind legs, Maisey has barely any issues with mobility. Although she does have some special needs because of her condition, she has had no problem fitting in with her new family. “Maisey races around my house, chasing after her four-legged siblings; Oliver and Julie,” noted Maisey’s new mom, Courtney Kane, “The best part about being a dog, I suppose, is you aren’t aware that you’re “different”. However, in her case, we don’t see her as different, but rather perfect.”