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Six-legged dog found abandoned in car park has limbs removed

The spaniel was named Ariel after Disney's Little Mermaid because her partially fused extra back legs (Greenacres Rescue)
The spaniel was named Ariel after Disney's Little Mermaid because her partially fused extra back legs (Greenacres Rescue)

A six-legged dog who was found abandoned in a car park has undergone surgery to remove her extra limbs.

Ariel, a spaniel puppy, was found in Pembroke town centre in September last year and after a fundraising appeal was able to have surgery.

The dog was taken in by the Greenacres Rescue charity, near Haverfordwest, and has been cared for by a foster family.

She was named after Disney’s Little Mermaid character because her partially fused extra back legs resembled a mermaid’s tail.

Ariel, who was born with multiple birth defects, was operated on at Langford Vets Small Animal Referral Hospital in Somerset.

A spokesman for the charity said: “Her additional limbs have been removed. Thankfully having the CT images meant they did not discover anything unexpected and although it wasn’t a regular amputation it was ‘uneventful’.

“When we spoke she was in recovery, having lots of love and fuss from the nursing team but all be reassured she’s doing well.

“We really hope she will now have an easy and quick recovery.”