Earlier this year, a rescuer found a two-year-old Pointer mix on the streets of Tijuana, writes dogfull
The poor dog, who has since been given the name Dwayne, was desperately looking for food as locals pelted him with hot water and rocks, appalled by his deformities.
The rescuer then discovered the dog’s original guardian, who had bound his mouth with a c.r.u.e.l wire-muzzle and regularly kicked him with sticks.
Dwayne was left alone on the street. To make matters worse, he was further wounded when he was attacked by two large dogs, inflicting severe head injuries and nearly having his ears torn off.
Thanks to the rescuer, the puppy has happily arrived at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, an animal shelter located in Rancho Santa Fe, California who has a passionate belief that “animals help people and people help animals through trust, unconditional love and respect create a legacy of care. ”
Despite all of the horrific treatment the dog had endured, he had nothing but love to offer each person he met. He would lower his head, offering a lick and would gently press his body against anyone who came close.
Center Helen Woodward was determined to give Dwayne the life he deserved. Over the months, experts have repaired his severely deformed front leg and elbow, as well as facial reconstruction surgery to fix the extreme mutilation of his nose and mouth.
A renowned stem cell therapy institute, Vet-Stem Biopharma, even stepped up to offer cutting-edge treatment to help Dwayne’s healing process.
The technology harvests tissue from an injured animal and delivers the animal’s own healing stems back to the site of the injury and throughout the body by IV. The procedure usually costs around $2,500 but Dr. Schaffer of Vet-Stem Biopharma was so touched by Dwayne’s story, he offered the procedure for free.
Determined to use all applicable modern remedies available to treat his injuries, the Helen Woodward Center has also provided laser therapy for areas affected by his facial reconstruction surgeries.
Laser treatments have been shown to speed up the healing process, reduce inflammation, but also help with pain. The cute puppy as a soldier went through it all.
Dwayne’s story touched the hearts of thousands of animal lovers who helped to raise over $40,000 for his recovery. By August of 2017, the formerly abused and orphaned sweetheart of a dog was ready to find his forever home.
Generously, the center offered half off all of Dwayne’s medical expenses for life, just as long as his new family brings him into the center for his ongoing treatment.
After many requests for Dwayne to find his eternal home, the center has finally found the perfect connection with Kelly Nelle. Now, Dwayne forgets her traumatic past and learns to be a dog again.
Dwayne has access to a couch, lots of toys to play with and, of course, adoration of her human mom. We are thrilled to see Dwayne beat the odds with his inspiring transformation.
Once starved and unable to stand, he refused to give up. Now he has his happily ever after. Happy tears!