Rescue puppy gets final fitting for prosthetic paw created by Case High School students

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RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Case High School students had their final fitting for Forrest Stump. Forrest Stump is the rescue dog CBS 58 told you about last month. He was brought to Wisconsin from Texas, where he was found under a porch with a bad infection in one paw.

Since then, life is improving for Forrest. He’s even been adopted and renamed "Harvey."

Seniors at Case High School have spent the last month working to create a prosthetic paw for Harvey.

"The first time, obviously, was getting measurements, looking at ideas, and today they’re actually trying on their prosthetics," said Sara Gauthier, the engineering teacher at Case. 

The students spend a lot of time in their engineering classes perfecting their prosthetic paws. 

“They all have different materials, so they kind of looked at the parameters they were given and then problem-solved all the way through," said Gauthier. "They built a model, [if] they didn’t like that one, they rebuilt it." 

But as they tried the prosthetics on Harvey, they realized that sometimes when you're working on a real world solution, you run into real world problems. Harvey has grown a lot since he was last measured. But one of the students' designs seemed to be a good fit. 

"This one fit. He actually got up and walked on it for a minute or so," said Gauthier.

Harvey's new family will work with his vet and other experts to figure out what his final prosthetic paw will look like. They hope to have the whole process completed by March. 

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