VIDEO: Robust Rusty joins ‘tripod’ puppy club
LITTLE Rusty the chihuahua still has a spring in his step despite having only three legs.
The dog lost his right front leg following an attack by a neighbour's rottweiler last month in Parkhurst.
Rusty belongs to six-year-old Ben Weston, who was devastated by the incident.
Ben's mother Ashton Davis was left concerned about her children's safety when she said the council refused to class the rottweiler as dangerous.
"My belief is that once it attacks, it will attack again," she said.
"The council said they wouldn't declare it a dangerous dog because it didn't get out of its yard... that doesn't mean it's not vicious."
Rockhampton Regional Council said it was still currently assessing whether the dog should be declared dangerous under the Animal Management Act, but could confirm the dog never left its enclosure.
The rottweiler reportedly dragged Rusty's leg underneath the fenceline, before he was saved by another neighbour and rushed to the vet.
As Rusty excitedly hopped around the house, unfazed by his missing limb, Ben's live-in nanny Keeley Weston described the day the attack happened.
She said she was alerted to the attack by Ben's screams.
"Their screams change and you can hear the absolute terror, and you know something is going on," she said. "I panicked."
The damage was so extensive the leg had to be amputated.
Becoming a "tripod dog" didn't slow down Rusty, who impressed the family with his rapid recovery.
It wasn't the first time he overcame adversity; Rusty was originally a stray that turned up at the family home in need of rescue.
"It was ridiculous... he's figured it out and he knows his points of balance," Keeley said.
"He's going to be alright."