Brutus was only a puppy when his neglectful former owners, dog breeders, left him outside in freezing weather long enough to become frostbitten on each of his limbs. Instead of taking him to a vet for help, the breeders decided to amputate all the paws themselves, meaning Brutus was no longer able to get around on his own.
Brutus was ultimately saved from that troubling situation and rehomed with foster mom Laura Aquilina in Loveland, Colorado - but problems stemming from the botched surgery continued to plague him.
Within months, hundreds of supporters who were touched by Brutus's sad story had donated more than $12,000 toward corrective surgery and new artificial limbs made specially for him. Fortunately, Martin Kauffman, founder of OrthoPets, a Denver-based company that specializes in prosthetics for animals, was among those who refused to see Brutus as a hopeless case.