A two-year-old Pointer mix was discovered on the streets of Tijuana by a rescuer earlier this year, writes dogfull.
The poor dog, now named Dwayne, was desperately looking for food while disgusted by his deformities, locals threw scalding hot water and stones at him.
The rescuer then discovered the dog’s original owner, who had bound his mouth with a c.r.u.e.l wire-muzzle and kicked him with sticks on a regular basis.
The individual was in jail for an unrelated offense. Dwayne was abandoned on the streets to fend for himself. To make matters worse, he was attacked by two large dogs, causing severe head injuries and nearly removing his ears.
Thanks to the rescuer, the puppy made it to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California, which believes that “animals help people and people help animals through trust, unconditional love, and respect creates a legacy of caring.”
From Horrible Abuse to Helpful Hands
Despite the dog’s horrific treatment, he had nothing but love to give to everyone he met. He’d lower his head, offer a lick, and gently press his body against anyone who got too close.
Dwayne deserved a better life, and the Helen Woodward Center was determined to give him one. Over the course of months, specialists repaired his severely malformed front leg and elbow, as well as a facial reconstruction surgery to repair his nose and mouth’s extreme mutilation.
Vet-Stem Biopharma, a renowned stem cell therapy institute, even stepped in to provide cutting-edge treatment to aid Dwayne’s healing process.
The technology harvests tissue from an injured animal and uses an IV to deliver the animal’s own healing stems to the site of the injury and throughout the body. The procedure normally costs around $2,500, but Dr. Schaffer of Vet-Stem Biopharma was so moved by Dwayne’s story that he offered it for free.
The Helen Woodward Center, determined to use every available modern medicine to help heal his injuries, also provided laser therapy for the areas affected by his facial reconstruction surgeries.
Laser treatments have been shown to accelerate healing, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain. Through it all, the sweet pup was a trooper.
Dwayne’s story moved thousands of animal lovers, who raised more than $40,000 for his recovery. The formerly abused and orphaned sweetheart of a dog was ready to find his forever home by August of 2017.
The center generously offered half off all of Dwayne’s medical expenses for life, as long as his new family brings him in for ongoing treatment.
The center finally found the perfect match for Dwayne with Kelly Nelle after many applications. Dwayne is now forgetting his traumatic past and relearning how to be a dog.
Dwayne has access to the couch, a plethora of toys to play with, and, of course, the love of his human mother. We are overjoyed to see Dwayne defy the odds with his inspirational transformation.
He refused to give up even when he was starving and unable to stand. He has finally found his happily ever after. Tears of joy!