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5-legged puppy overcomes all odds

Pictures of Ellery Max: 5-legged puppy dog-happy
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Sometimes our genetic code gets a bit mixed up. The same can be said of any living thing. In Ellery Max’s case his genetic code gave him a fifth leg, which apparently is very useful in a game of tug-of-war.

By Nick Whittle , 24 Jul 2019

Until Ellery Max was a few months old he was a special sort of English bulldog. Ellery was born with five legs, or rather four legs and one that is called a vestigial leg: one that doesn’t work as well as the others.

According to Road Dogs & Rescue – a shelter looking after Ellery – he may have been one of two dogs that became fused together in their mom’s stomach. As a result it isn't just an extra leg that Ellery was born with. He also has three bladders, two intestines and one kidney!

The leg was removed when Ellery was very young but the other parts of him can’t be removed for obvious reasons. Hence, Ellery’s need for a special diet and lots of cuddles. That being said, Ellery is now one year old and in very good health.

Road Dogs & Rescue writes: ‘Ellery Max is our very special rescue and will only go to a very special family that will love him like we do and will feed him a raw or home cooked diet. He would do best in a home with no young children. His health is good!'

Take a moment to watch this Facebook video posted by The Dodo:

Baby Bulldog Born With 5 Legs Is Looking For A Family

Let's find this very special little boy a home!

Posted by The Dodo on Monday, July 15, 2019

Road Dogs & Rescue

Located in Los Angeles, California, Road Dogs & Rescue specialises in rehoming and looking after bulldogs that have been abandoned by their owners, and those with birth defects. The shelter is donation-led and not-for-profit.

If you think you have what it takes to look after Ellery Max then get in touch with the charity to find out more.