'Blade runner' legs give maimed Thai dog new lease of life

A dog whose paws were hacked off as punishment for chewing on someone's shoes has been given a new lease of life thanks to new 'blade runner' prosthetic limbs.

Pictures show Cola bounding around after he was fitted with the sleek new paws just over a year after he was maimed in Bangkok, Thailand.

The former street pup nearly died after a Bangkok man hacked off his front legs with a sword in revenge for gnawing at his boots.

A quick trip to the vet saved Cola but left him with two amputated, kangaroo-like stumps for front paws.  

But today, his tongue is lolling about and his tail is wagging wildly as he bounds across the sand on carbon-fibre blades, similar to those made famous by Paralympian runner Oscar Pistorius.

Cola the dog has been given a new lease of life after being fitted with new prosthetic limbs a year after his paws were hacked off as punishment for chewing someone's boots

Cola the dog has been given a new lease of life after being fitted with new prosthetic limbs a year after his paws were hacked off as punishment for chewing someone's boots

The former street pup nearly lost his life last year after a Bangkok man hacked off his front legs with a sword in revenge for gnawing at his boots

The former street pup nearly lost his life last year after a Bangkok man hacked off his front legs with a sword in revenge for gnawing at his boots

The former street pup nearly lost his life last year after a Bangkok man hacked off his front legs with a sword in revenge for gnawing at his boots

Cola's owner John Dalley founded the Thailand-based 'Soi Dog' foundation that helps strays. He is pictured fitting the former street dog with his new 'blade runner' limbs

Cola's owner John Dalley founded the Thailand-based 'Soi Dog' foundation that helps strays. He is pictured fitting the former street dog with his new 'blade runner' limbs

The lightweight legs were tailor made for the high-energy hound, who loves to run and was encumbered by previous, heavier prosthetics.

'(These legs) give him a lot more balance, a lot more spread,' said Cola's owner John Dalley, who founded the Thailand-based 'Soi Dog' foundation that helps strays.

He and his late wife rescued Cola after the attack and brought the dog down to the beaches of Phuket.

'It's actually quite amazing how adaptable dogs are and how forgiving they are,' he added as Cola - who shows no fear of humans despite his trauma - curled up around his feet.

Pictures show Cola bounding around after he was fitted with the sleek new paws just over a year after he was maimed in Bangkok, Thailand

Pictures show Cola bounding around after he was fitted with the sleek

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