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Mike Nowatzki, Published September 01 2009

3-legged dog finds home, kindred spirit

Bruno the pit bull has found a new home – and a fellow three-legged friend.

The Fargo-based group 4 Luv of Dog rescued Bruno from being euthanized in February after he was struck by a car and picked up by animal control in Mankato, Minn.

The accident knocked Bruno’s rear left hip out of place, and his front left leg was already crippled from a previous injury.

Despite his injuries, he managed to charm a veterinary technician in Mankato to the point that she contacted 36 shelters and rescue groups before finding the Fargo group, which raised money for Bruno’s medical treatment.

After recovering from his initial hip surgery and enduring months of rehab and therapy, including hydrotherapy, Bruno recently had an infection and had to have his lame front leg amputated, said Lori Green of 4 Luv of Dog.

Now, he’s getting around just fine on three legs.

“Bruno has an amazing spirit and seems to overcome every obstacle in his path,” Green said.

Bruno was featured in The Forum in February and has become somewhat of a celebrity at Fargo’s PetSmart, where he recently met up and played with Kramer, a black lab that had to have his rear leg amputated after jumping out of a pickup box.

Katie Love of Fargo rescued Kramer. The dog is currently at her parents’ farm near Page, N.D., and is looking for a permanent adoptive home, she said.

Meanwhile, Bruno settled into his new adoptive home about two weeks ago, Green said.

“He is an amazing dog who deserves to live a long, healthy and very happy life with his new family,” she said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528