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After Turbo, the chihuahua born without front legs, captured the Internet’s heart over the summer, he caught the attention of Mark Deadrick, who makes his living designing rocket parts.
Deadrick learned about Turbo from Ashley Looper, a veterinary tech who took him in after he was abandoned at four weeks old. At the time, Turbo was using a temporary cart fashioned from toys. Looper posted his story online in attempt to seek help.
Deadrick, who is president of a company called 3dyn, saw an opportunity to use technology to change the disabled puppy’s life and shipped a 3D-printed wheelchair off to Turbo’s owners. He tried out several models before discovering a design that was the right fit for Turbo’s tiny body.
Looper flew with her partner, Ray Hurt, and Turbo from their Indianapolis home to meet San Diego-based Deadrick for the first time in New York City at Purina’s Better With Pets Summit on Oct. 14.
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