Charity / 12.10.2022

Kuno needs new prosthetic paws.

About This Project

Let's prove that man is a dog's friend. Kuno, a Belgian Shepherd, had to have one of his rear paws amputated after he suffered bullet wounds to both back legs in a raid. A military dog who charged through enemy gunfire to save the lives of British soldiers as they fought off al Qaeda insurgents has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross. As the British troops came under enemy fire, Kuno ran towards one of the gunmen, managed to break the deadlock and change the course of the attack so the soldiers could complete their mission. But Kuno’s bravery came with a price. His injuries were so severe that he had to have one of his rear paws amputated. A series of surgeries saved his life. Kuno received a prosthetic paw and endured months of therapy to learn to walk again. He is the first British Military Working Dog to be fitted with a prosthetic leg. Kuno, who is now retired, received emergency treatment from his handler and medics in the back of their helicopter before being flown back to the UK for specialist treatment after the attack last year. His injuries were so severe he underwent several operations before becoming the first UK military dog to be fitted with a custom-made prosthetic limb. What a good dog! Happy retirement, Kuno!

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