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BEND, OR -- A local canine celebrity passed away this week at the age of 15. Maty, the beloved mascot of the Humane Society of Central Oregon, was the first three-legged dog to compete in the World Canine Disc Championships in 2006, then again in 2008.

 

She was the subject of a series of children’s books. and her story was featured in a number of national and international magazines and TV programs. Maty appeared in a 2008 episode of “Dogs 101” on Animal Planet, where one of her owners described her life after losing her leg to parvovirus: "Since the time she’s been eight-weeks of age, she’s only been a three-legged dog. That has not stopped her in the least: She’s part of the Humane Society’s educational program now; she goes to work everyday at the Humane Society and inspires children and adults alike to not let your limitations slow you down." Maty was found abandoned in a motel when she was three-weeks-old.
 
Maty had battled a number of health issues in the past couple of years, and many followed her adventures achieving every item on her "bucket list," on social media. Maty's owners hope her life inspires people to learn about differently-abled animals, and to treat all animals with kindness and compassion. 

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