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Pup brought to Dogs Trust hours after being purchased online due to leg deformity

Picture of Gus the Chow Chow after amputation dog-serious
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New owners were forced to take a Chow Chow to vets within hours of its being delivered to their door. Dogs Trust vets perform lifesaving operation just in time.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 03/01/2021, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

The owners of Gus - a Chow Chow puppy - were delighted to have received their new dog. But their delight turned to bitterness and upset when they realised the dog had something seriously wrong with one of its legs. 

On December 5th Gus was dropped at the doorstep of his new Basildon owners after being bought online. But within hours it was clear the dog was suffering with pains and deformity of his leg. 

Dogs Trust to the rescue 

Gus’s new mum and dad called the seller who promptly refused to take back the dog saying there was nothing wrong. The seller is no longer contactable. 

Fearing the worse, the owners took Gus to their local Dogs Trust vet centre. There, vets learned of the extent of Gus’s injury. 

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The 10-week-old dog’s right front leg was severely deformed and ulcerated. The injuries were more than likely due to a congenital deformity that would have been apparent at birth. 

Life-changing surgery

Wasting no time, vets performed a lifesaving operation on Gus and removed his leg. If left alone, the leg would have become septic. 


Gus was just eight weeks old when he was bought online. It didn’t take long for his new owners to realise there was a...

Posted by Dogs Trust on Friday, December 18, 2020

The owners have since praised Dogs Trust Basildon for their support and care. 

Owen Sharp, Dogs Trust CEO, said, “Thanks to the phenomenal support we’ve had from supporters throughout this pandemic, we are able to ‘Change the Tale’ for Gus.

“If people have taken on a puppy and are struggling, please contact us here at Dogs Trust. You can call us on 0300 303 2188.”

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