This hero dog had his front paws cut off by a drug cartel, he is now the frontrunner for Pet of the Year
An elderly dog who lost his paws after being tortured by a Mexican drug cartel has become the frontrunner to become the Pet of the year.
Pay de Limon or Lemon Pie made headlines in 2011 after he was found injured inside a dumpster after a run-in with a drug cartel.
Reports confirmed at the time that the dog's paws were cut off as the criminals tried to test their torture methods on him.
Fortunately, he was rescued just in time and treated for his injuries, according Patricia Ruiz, founder of animal shelter Milagros Caninos.
"Milagros Caninos received a call 14 years ago saying that a dog's front paws had been cut off and thrown in the trash," Ruiz was quoted as saying by France24.
In the time that followed, Limon made a remarkable recovery and began walking with the help of prosthetic legs that were ordered from the United States.
He became a star among the 5-- residents of his shelter on the outskirts of Mexico City and went on to make several international television appearances, including on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
This year, the canine has been nominated for the prize of 'America's Favourite Pet'. If he wins it, he will appear in Dogster Magazine and his carers will recieve $5,000, according to France24.
Pay de Limon is currently the only dog in the category for America’s Favourite Pet. A website dedicated to the dog describes Limon's life as an 'example of courage'
"The case of Pay de Limon has moved Mexicans, perhaps because it is a simple, brutal and moving proof of the cruelty of the drug cartels,” it adds.
Ruiz said she founded Milagros Caninos after losing her own dog to suffocation. Now the organisation takes care of dogs with cancer, without legs, blind, deaf, burnt, tortured, paralyzed, raped, drugged, beaten, mutilated, said Ruiz.
It has already cared for around 3,000 to 4,000 dogs for almost two decades.