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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  • by pawlover Location: enc on Jul 19, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    There are angels among us!
  • by Someone Location: somewhere on Jul 18, 2009 at 08:36 PM
    Finally there is some kindness in the world thank GOD for people like this.. I hope lily will get the surgery and be ok she will be in my prayers!!!
  • by Cecilia Location: NC on Jul 18, 2009 at 08:13 PM
    GOOD for you!!! You are a true HERO for dogs!
  • by Carol Location: Winterville on Jul 18, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    God bless this lady! What an AWESOME thing to do!
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