Malik was kept on a chain by his owner. At some point his front shoulder was badly injured and he bit her – we can imagine why – so she took him to the municipal shelter. It was decided that he should be put down, but our vet thought he deserved another chance so now he is with us.
He feels safe with us and isn’t so defensive. He does sometimes warn with a little growl if things get too much and that is probably because of his shoulder. The only option is to amputate the leg and, because it doesn’t trouble Malik much and he is still using it, we don’t want to do that while he is at the shelter. Only having three legs makes a dog more vulnerable in a group so we only amputate if absolutely necessary – since Malik still runs and jumps on to the tops of kennels and into laps, we’ll leave things as they are for now.
Malik loves people and is great with the children who volunteer as dog walkers. He also gets on well with the other dogs in his group and is full of life and mischief!
He is around 5 years old and weighs 9kg.