5-Legged Pup Saved From Freak Show

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 19, 2009 8:21 AM CDT
Allyson Siegel of Charlotte, N.C. cuddles her new five-legged puppy, Lily, after outbidding a Coney Island freak show for the little dog.   (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Jeff Siner)
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(Newser) – A good-hearted pet lover paid $4,000 to outbid a Coney Island operator to save a five-legged puppy from life in a freak show, reports the New York Daily News. North Carolinian Allyson Siegel, 45, called the owner of the Chihuahua terrier mix when she learned the puppy would be cooped up to entertain gawkers. "She is beautiful. She's not a freak, she's a normal little puppy dog and she should be just like all the others," said Siegel.

The owner agreed to sell the pup to Siegel after some prompting from his girlfriend. Siegel has named the little dog Lily and has arranged surgery this week to remove its extra leg, which protrudes from Lily's stomach. The Coney Island operator insists he treats his animal freaks, including a two-headed cow, with "respect."