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Wisconsin university helps cat get new back legs

/ 09:29 AM May 04, 2019

Adam Schofield handles his tabby cat named Sgt. Stubbs in his Oak Creek, Wisconsin apartment Friday, May 3, 2019. Sgt. Stubbs, is wearing a new prosthetic back leg created by a University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering class.  (AP)

OAK CREEK, Wisconsin — A tabby cat has new back legs, with the help of some University of Wisconsin-Madison students and a 3D printer.

Community Cat shelter vice president Sarah Close says Chicago Animal Care and Control found the stray with infected legs last September and turned him over to the Whitewater, Wisconsin- based shelter.

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A veterinarian amputated part of the male cat’s back legs, and the shelter named him Sgt. Stubbs. Community Cat officials then asked a freshman engineering class for help.

The students made prosthetics with a 3D printer and extra straps to keep them on. Stubbs received the legs and tried them out Thursday evening.

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Stubbs’ new owner, Adam Schofield of Oak Creek, says he was impressed with the prosthetics and hopes Stubbs will get used to them.

TOPICS: cat, Disease, prosthetics, Sgt. Stubbs, stray cat
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