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Surgery gives basset hound his chance to walk

SALT LAKE CITY – Frankie is a friendly, happy basset hound who loves to romp and play, even though his front legs really won’t let him.

But now Frankie is getting surgery that is designed to let him to scamper on all four feet, thanks to the help of Utah Friends of Basset Hounds and BluePearl Veterinary Partners, formerly known as Utah Veterinary Center.

Frankie received surgery at BluePearl Veterinary Partners. Photo courtesy of Utah Friends of Basset Hounds.

Frankie received surgery at BluePearl Veterinary Partners. Photo courtesy of Utah Friends of Basset Hounds.

“He deserves to be able to walk, he’s trying so hard to do that,” said Peggy Chudd, a founder of the basset hound rescue group.

A woman in another state found Frankie in her neighborhood, apparently abandoned. She saw that his front legs would barely support his legs and thought the dog must have been hit by a car, although there was no sign of injury. The dog also had no tags or microchip. A veterinarian recommended calling the basset hound rescue group in Utah.

Actually, Frankie likely suffers from a birth defect which has caused deformities in both front legs. He can get up on all four feet, but then collapses, and sometimes just scoots across the floor.

So the basset hound rescue group brought Frankie to BluePearl, which employs several veterinarians who have received years of additional training to become board-certified as specialists in their fields.

Dr. Will M. Becker, a board-certified veterinary surgeon, this week performed corrective surgery on both of Frankie’s front legs.

Frankie now needs some time to recuperate from surgery, but Chudd is confident that he won’t quit until he can romp around. He already loves to play with other dogs, not seeming to realize he can’t get around as well as others. He also is quick to roll over for a scratch on the belly.

The rescuers named Frankie after Franklin Delano Roosevelt, somebody who also did not let his disability slow him down.

“He’s just a little trooper,” Chudd said. “He just wants to keep going, he’s not giving up at all.”

Frankie received surgery at BluePearl Veterinary Partners. Photo courtesy of Utah Friends of Basset Hounds.

Frankie received surgery at BluePearl Veterinary Partners. Photo courtesy of Utah Friends of Basset Hounds.