WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Animal activist Marc Ching first laid eyes on Liberty while working undercover at a slaughterhouse in Cambodia where the dog's paws were cut off for meat. The founder of the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation told ABC7 News, "There's this belief in Asia that if you torture the dog the meat tastes better."
The estimates are chilling; some 30 million dogs killed every year in Asia for food.
Ching rescued Liberty last spring and is raising her with his other dogs in California. She has come a long way but still needs to take a few more steps.
Derrick Campana is President and CEO of Animal Ortho Care in Sterling and explained, "We casted her today and we're going to be fitting her tomorrow with a new set of prosthetic legs."
Making the prosthetics usually takes up to two weeks but Liberty's will be made in one day.
Campana acknowledged that the price of two prosthetic legs for an animal can run over 5-thousand dollars but will cost only a fraction of that. A fund for needy animals will help cover much of the expense. Campana continued, "We're trying to preserve her health and keep her mobility and keep her quality of life as high as possible through the rest of her years."
The plastic and foam legs will better align Liberty's spine and allow her to walk and run freely. "It's going to be great for her we are excited," Ching said.