Pony With Prosthetic Survives Hurricane and Pit Bull Attack

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2010 at 9:16 PM EDT

By Ginger Geoffery

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2010 at 9:16 PM EDT

TOWN OF BOSTON, NY ( WKBW ) She survived Hurricane Katrina and a pit bull attack, and now her tale of perseverance is inspiring others. Her name is Molly and she's a pony with a prosthetic leg. Molly is just one of the many animals and people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. Molly was rescued, but shortly after she was adopted into a new home a pit bull attacked her, leaving one of Molly's front legs so badly injured it was nearly a death sentence for her.

Molly's new owner, Kaye Harris, couldn't bear the thought of putting down the pony and so she decided to fight for her. Harris convinced a veterinarian to amputate the bad leg even though amputations are rare for ponies, and Harris worked with a prosthesis designer to get Molly fitted with a custom-built artificial leg. It was a success and Molly did so well with her recovery and adapting to the prosthesis that Harris began to wonder if Molly was capable of more. "I said, 'Molly, what are we going to do now?' because I believe that everybody should exchange and give back, and so I got the answer from her that we were going to go meet people at Children's hospital," explains Harris. They started with a hospital near home in Louisiana.

"When we tried make her leave (the hospital) that day she did not want to go. She turned around and dragged us back to where she was meeting the kids," recalls Harris. Molly's hospital visits soon developed into a nationwide tour and a couple of books detailing Molly's tale of survival. At her appearances Molly "autographs" her books with a smiley face that's embedded in her artificial hoof.

Molly teaches people that it's okay to be different. "Human beings have a fear of things different and Molly's like an ambassador for that," says Harris, "She's different but she's really not."

"One of the little girls when she met Molly... her father was a veteran of Iraq and he'd lost a leg, and so when she met Molly she said, 'Oh my gosh the pony's got a leg like daddy does'," says Harris.

Molly is spreading her message and inspiring people here in Western New York for a couple of days. The public is invited to meet the pony on Tuesday evening from 5:00-7:00 at the 100 Acre Woods Ranch at 8790 Rockwood Road in the town of Boston.

"I don't bring her around because she's a three-legged pony. I bring her around because she's Molly and it's her will to survive that makes her able to everything that she's done."