Three-Legged Dog Is Getting a Prosthetic Leg

A three-legged Chihuaha-terrier mix is getting a prosthetic leg built by a group of high school students in San Juan Capistrano.

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The students from JSerra Catholic High School making the prosthetic leg for the dog.
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Izabel is a chihuahua-terrier mix who was rescued when she was 2 years old.
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Isabella Sills (right) is the president of the 3D Makerz Club. The club has made everything from bracelets to a Rubik's Cube and now Isabella's prosthetic leg.
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Bret Ellington, Izabel's owner, says that Izabel gets tired when he takes her out on walks. He think the artificial limb would help increase her stamina.
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Ellington says Izabel will likely endure a learning curve with the prosthetic leg, but it will be worth it if will help improve her overall health.
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The group of students helping make Izabel an artificial limb is now on their second prototype. They've added more flexible, plastic filaments to give Izabel the feeling of a real leg.
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Ellington works as an acupuncturist and says Izabel brings joy to his clients, inspiring them to get better with the struggles she now endures without a fourth leg.
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Sills is a sophomore at JSerra Catholic High School. She wants to continue helping animals through 3D printing and "maybe even people."
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The group says they now have three ideas for prototypes of Izabel's artificial leg and will see which one works one best before designing a final product.
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Izabel and another one of the group members from the 3D Makerz club helping design her leg.
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