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BANGKOK (Reuters)

A Thai dog which had its legs hacked off for chewing a pair of shoes is running free again after being fitted with the type of blades used by paralympic runners

Cola’s front legs were sliced off with a sword about a year ago by his owner’s furious neighbor in Bangkok.

 

Amputee dog named "Cola" runs using carbon-fiber prosthetic blades made for it by the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket
Amputee dog named “Cola” runs using carbon-fiber prosthetic blades made for it by the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand December 16, 2017. Picture taken December 16, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

 

The Soi Dog Foundation, an animal welfare group based on the resort island of Phuket, brought in a human surgeon to fit Cola with high tech carbon fiber racing blades, similar to those used by paralympic athletes.

 

Amputee dog named "Cola" using carbon-fiber prosthetic blades made for it walks with John Dalley from the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket
Amputee dog named “Cola” using carbon-fiber prosthetic blades made for it walks with John Dalley from the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand December 16, 2017. Picture taken December 16, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

 

Now Cola is back running with the pack.

Soi Dog Foundation founder John Dalley said Cola was even ready to trust humans again.

 

(Reporting by Juarawee Kittisilpa; Editing by Gareth Jones)

 

Amputee dog named "Cola" runs using carbon-fiber prosthetic blades made for it by the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket
Amputee dog named “Cola” runs using carbon-fiber prosthetic blades made for it by the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand December 16, 2017. Picture taken December 16, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

 

Amputee dog named "Cola" using carbon-fiber prosthetic blades made for it walks with John Dalley from the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket
Amputee dog named “Cola” using carbon-fiber prosthetic blades made for it walks with John Dalley from the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand December 16, 2017. Picture taken December 16, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

 

 

Amputee dog named "Cola" carbon-fiber prosthetic blades are seen before it wears it, in Phuket
Amputee dog named “Cola” carbon-fiber prosthetic blades are seen before it wears it, in Phuket, Thailand December 16, 2017. Picture taken December 16, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

 

Amputee dog named "Cola" using carbon-fiber prosthetic blades made for it is seen with John Dalley from the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket
Amputee dog named “Cola” using carbon-fiber prosthetic blades made for it is seen with John Dalley from the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand December 16, 2017. Picture taken December 16, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

 

Amputee dog named "Cola" sits using carbon-fiber prosthetic blades made for it by the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket
Amputee dog named “Cola” sits using carbon-fiber prosthetic blades made for it by the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand December 16, 2017. Picture taken December 16, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
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