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Meet The Dunkster: Three Legs Are As Good As Four

A one-year-old chihuahua-terrier mix lost a leg after a car hit him, but he’s doing fine now and is ready for a new home.

Every week, Midtown Patch visits an area shelter and highlights the story of an adoptable animal that might otherwise get overlooked.

Duncan, aka The Dunkster, is an inquisitive little fellow.

He likes to sit in people's arms, with his ears perked, looking curiously at every new sound.

Amanda Blair, the operations manager of , is telling me about how one of his legs had to be amputated last week as she holds him. The one-year-old dog is already walking around with the other dogs in the shelter and jumping up on a chair when visitors stop by.

“He was friendly from the get-go,”she said.

At seven pounds, it’s surprising he got hit by a car and his only injuries were a broken front leg and a scraped raw paw.

It’s even more surprising that’s the chihuahua-terrier is mix doing so well and still doesn’t seem afraid of people or the outdoors.

Blair  first met Duncan when he came in after being picked up by Fulton County animal control as a stray.

They put his leg in a splint and placed him in cage rest. They hoped his leg would heal, but after six weeks, the bones were not healing. On June 6, he went into surgery to have his leg amputated.

Duncan’s fracture was an especially bad one because dog’s carry 60 to 70 percent of their weight on their front legs. Heavy use prevents healing.

Although he looks a little different now, he is happy to be free from the pain.

Blair said he loves humans and would make a good pet for almost anyone, except perhaps a family with small kids since he is so tiny.

Fair Sutherland, a shelter volunteer, calls him “very huggy.”  

His fur looks a little wiry, but is very soft to the touch.

Duncan needs lots of love, playtime and a new home. If you’d like to adopt him, his fee is $250. He’s house broken, is fixed and has had all of his shots.

Visit the Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption website to make a donation towards his expensive medical costs, or call 404-815-6680, to see about taking him home with you.

Remember ? The patient cat waiting for a new home at Atlanta Pet Rescue’s Midtown shelter? She’s still waiting, but she’s since had her television debut. CBS shot footage of Macy and two other cats to remind people that cats need adopting for Adopt A Pet Month. APRA also still has buy-one-get-one-free kittens for the rest of June.

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