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Dog Abused By Mexican Drug Gangs Walks Again With Prosthetic Legs
August 27, 2012
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This is Pay de Limon or Lemon Pie and he lives at a dog shelter in Mexico City. Apparently, Lemon Pie was captured by a criminal drug gang and had his front paws cut off.

Witnesses say they'd seen the dog with members of the gang before he was abused. Shelter officials say the gang was practicing for when they cut fingers off people, who've been kidnapped. They say he was found in a garbage can in the city of Fresnillo.

The dog was brought to the shelter, where doctors decided to try fitting him with prosthetic legs. The shelter had to raise several thousand dollars, and get some help from a company in the United States to make the prosthetics, but they got it done.

And now, Lemon Pie is up, walking around and living a more normal life. To watch Lemon Pie get around, check out this video.

Mexico's drug war is one of the most brutal conflicts on the planet, as powerful and well-financed cartels fight for control of the drug trade to the United States.

In 2006, President Felipe Calderon's government ordered the military and police to start a major crackdown but it has been an almost impossible fight to win. Over the past six years, the drug war has killed nearly 50,000 people, terrified entire cities and contributed to a culture of corruption.

The New York Times and LA Times have been covering the drug war for years and have extensive coverage on their websites, including some powerful photos that illustrate the violence, fear, and grief Mexico is enduring.

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