TEMPE, AZ ( 3TV / CBS 5 ) A Valley pooch with a missing leg will be receiving a prosthetic limb, thanks to ASU’s design school.

The 110-pound mixed breed named Chuck used to live on the streets with a homeless man. And in an encounter with police, Chuck was shot.

“The homeless man made him think that he was a threat,” said Koco Garcia, Chuck’s new owner.

Chuck’s front left leg had to be amputated.

Garcia, who also operates the non-profit shelter Handover Rover, now carts Chuck around in a wagon.

“He just can’t carry himself that far,” Garcia said.

But now The Design School at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is lending a helping hand, designing a new leg for the cute canine.

“This is something that I can help with my design,” said ASU associate professor of industrial design Dosun Shin.

Shin is currently prototyping puppy paws, but the final product should be finished by November. It’ll be produced with a 3-D printer.


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