Siberian husky puppy with leg deformities not slowing down

A Siberian husky puppy, with severe leg deformities, is showing everyone that being different is no reason to slow down. In fact the eight-week-old pooch, rescued by the Trio Animal Foundation in Chicago, is just one adorable bundle of puppy energy who loves people, treats and toys.

The puppy, now named Possum, was surrendered by her breeder to a local, open access shelter on Thursday. Thorough examinations by the pup’s primary veterinarian, radiologist and orthopedic surgeons, show the pup has reverse tibial abnormalities in both of her rear legs – translated to mean her long bones are backwards. It is suspected that Possum might be a dwarf; a congenital issue that will keep her small in size. No surgical intervention is recommended, but the good news is her hips and spine are in normal position.

In addition, Possum is polydactyl which means she has extra toes on her reversed hind legs. At this point, the veterinary staff will monitor her growth and development, but as long as she is easily mobile, pain free and happy, the rescue organization will concentrate on her social, confidence and skill development. She will receive physical therapy, hydrotherapy and chiropractic care to help build her core strength to support her joints, muscles and limbs.

Check out Possum’s video:

The Trio Foundation has received many adoption applications for Possum, but anyone interested in giving this adorable pooch a home, must understand she will need specialized care for her entire life which requires time and dedication.

To help please click here and read more about the Trio Foundation and the fine work they do providing medical care for homeless dogs.

(Photos and video supplied by Trio Foundation)

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5 replies
  1. Ezgi Melody says:


  2. Linda Szymoniak says:

    This is exactly why I hate breeders. So many of them will just dump any puppy that can’t be sold to a shelter. Often they are kill shelters, too. Prayers for this precious pup!

  3. Nancy Raymond says:

    BREEDER IS JUST A FANCY NAME FOR PUPPY MILL – this is what happens to animals born to so called ‘breeders’ who are not fit to be sold – they end up in shelters, dumped or killed because they will never bring in money – Breeders can scream and yell all they want about it is ‘bloodlines’ which is a bunch of bullshit – its about money and animals that are handicapped are useless to them. This is a perfect example of what happens to not perfect animals – and these ‘breeders’ know it.

  4. Red says:

    I agree with Nancy Raymond…… this poor baby is beautiful, hopefully she will have a happy, painless life. I wish breeders would start CARING about the animals and not just breed for $$$$!!!


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