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Bionic dog 'should go on to live a normal life'

Simon Roch, Veterinary Surgeon, Kentdale Orthopaedics Credit: ITV Border

Vet Simon Roch, from Kentdale Othopaedics in Kendal, helped to rebuild Ruby after she was seriously injuried following a hit and run.

He worked for four hours on the labrador, installing seven screws in her back and two titanium plates in her hip.

He said:

"Ten to fifteen years ago we'd have had to put Ruby to sleep. The advancements in science over the last few years have been huge.

"The implants in her back are just helping her bones to knit. She should go on to live a very normal life"

Vets 'rebuild' Ruby after hit and run

Ruby, the 'bionic dog' Credit: ITV Border

A black labrador, dubbed the 'bionic dog', has made a full recovery after emergency surgery to repair broken bones and joints after a hit and run.

18-month-old Ruby suffered a crushed back and hip, as well as broken legs when she was hit by the car.

Despite her injuries, Ruby managed to drag herself 500 yards back to her home.

Her owner, Tom Iredale from Patterdale, spent £4500 on vets bills for Ruby.