FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — A service dog which belongs to a retired Navy SEAL has a new leash on life.
Five months after nearly being killed by a speeding truck in Ft. Lauderdale, Maggie the black Labrador retriever is walking with the help of a prosthetic limb.
Maggie’s owner John Brophy remembers that dark day rushing his beloved lab to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists.
“I thought I lost her. She went into shock,” he recalled.
Maggie had to have her back leg amputated from the ankle down. After several surgeries and a six-week process to get a custom fitted prosthetic, she was fitted three weeks ago and her mobility was restored.
“Dogs take well to fittings,” explained Veterinarian Jennifer Bibevski who treats Maggie.
Dr. Bibevski said she’s been impressed with how quickly Maggie adapted to her new leg.
“She wants to run and play so she has the attitude for it.”
While pet prosthetics are becoming more common, the cost is enormous.
Maggie’s treatment and artificial limb totaled twenty thousand dollars but donations poured in from strangers and friends to get Maggie walking again and John Brophy couldn’t be happier.
“She’s like my child,” he said smiling from ear to ear.