Abused pup receives cutting-edge stem cell therapy

SAN DIEGO – Abused orphan pup "Dwyane," who has severe disfigurements, is on the road to recovery after stem cell therapy by a Poway-based company.

The one-year-old puppy was reportedly kicked, beaten and forced to wear a wire muzzle before he was rescued in Tijuana.

Last month, he was taken to Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Sante Fe. Since then, the dog has undergone several procedures, including a hip surgery Tuesday.

Animal hospital officials said Dwayne’s work isn’t over yet, as he still needs major reconstruction to his elbow and additional facial surgeries to help him breathe easier.

“There is no risk involved because we use the dog's own tissue to isolate the stem cell,” said Dr. Jeffrey Schaffer with VetStem of Poway.

“Today, we gave the injection of the stem cells in the hip and then a slow one through the vein," said Dr. Patricia Carter, chief veterinarian at Helen Woodward Animal Center. "Then we gave him something that made him unsleepy, but he’s still recovering from the surgery two days ago.”

Dwayne is a warrior and shows his love to those who have love to give.

“He is adorable, sweet and with everything that is going on, he wants to give you kisses and love,” Schaffer said.

Over $40,000 has been donated to Dwayne for medical costs from around the world, including Paris. He also has had plenty of people giving well wishes and dropping off toys at the animal hospital.

The animal center posts updates on Dwayne and other orphan pets on its website.