5-Legged Puppy Set For Surgery, Not Sideshow

A five-legged puppy could soon walk normally, thanks to a North Carolina woman who paid $4,000 to prevent Precious from becoming part of a New York sideshow.

The Charlotte Observer reports Saturday that 45-year-old Allyson Siegel of Charlotte bought the puppy because she didn't want her to be part of a Coney Island, New York, show that features disfigured animals.

Siegel renamed the six-week-old puppy Lilly and plans to spend an additional $2,000 to get the extra appendage removed. The fifth leg hangs between the puppy's two back legs.

The paper reported that sideshow owner John Strong had already paid a $1,000 deposit for the Chihuahua-terrier mix.

Siegel contacted the Gastonia seller and asked him to sell her the puppy instead.

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