Graduation Date

Fall 12-14-2018

Grading Professor

Deborah Sontag

Subject Concentration

Health & Science

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


When an abandoned dog was found in Brooklyn with his paw gnawed off, the animal shelter had two options: amputate the leg, or put the dog down. But neither seemed like a solution. So they decided to do something different, and fit the dog for a prosthetic leg. Prosthetics for people have been around for millennia, and now these devices are moving into the animal kingdom. This story explores the new world of animal prosthetics, and how these devices have changed the lives of animals like Mr. Stubbs — the first alligator with a prosthetic tail — and saved the life of a dog named Buddy.

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