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Quadruple amputee Rottweiler learns to use prosthetic paws

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LOVELAND, Colo.- A dog in Colorado is learning how to use his prosthetic limbs after all four paws were amputated.

Brutus suffered frostbite and his breeder decided to amputate the damage himself, leaving the Rottweiler maimed and without his paws. The 2-year-old pooch is now in the care of a foster family.

In September, Brutus received his rear prosthetics, and then weeks later, he was fitted with the back pair.

“You can’t explain to an animal why you are putting these contraptions on their feet. You can’t explain to them, that it’s to help them,” foster mom Laura Aquilina said.

The faux paws were created by OrthoPets of Denver, which makes prosthetic limbs for about 250 animals each year.

“If he ended up in a shelter, they’d say he was unadoptable because he’s missing his feet. I think it’s good for people to know we can work with animals like this,” Aquilina told Fox 31 in Denver.

Soon, Brutus will start physical therapy and be outfitted with improved prosthetics.