A horribly disfigured Pointer mix rescued from the streets of Tijuana earlier this year was doing better than expected Thursday, so a scheduled surgery to repair his front right leg was canceled, according to the Helen Woodward Animal Center.
Dwayne “The Rock” previously had an operation to make his lips fully cover and protect his teeth and help him to eat and drink more normally. The canine’s lips were damaged when his owner bound him with a crude wire muzzle. Another surgery was on a hip.
Officials at the Helen Woodward Animal Center said the leg surgery would have been the most difficult veterinary procedure yet for the 2-year-old dog as they tried to avoid amputation of the limb. According to the center, the leg was dislocated and fractured and left to hang.
Instead, a pre-surgical examination found Dwayne to be doing better with the leg than he was several weeks ago.
“It appears as though his back right hip surgery has healed exceptionally well and has taken the strain off of his front right elbow,” said Patricia Carter, his veterinarian and foster owner.
“Additionally, we’ve been doing physical therapy consistently over the past few weeks which has seems to have had a positive impact on use of his elbow, too,” Carter said. “Things are actually looking better than they were six weeks ago.”
His veterinary team now plans a nationwide search for experts to consult on his case and determine the best course of treatment, animal center officials said.
The dog was found wandering the streets after his owner was jailed on charges unrelated to the abuse.
The rescuer said the owner kicked the canine and beat him with sticks. Residents disgusted by his deformities threw stones and scalding water at him and he was attacked by a pair of pit bulls, the rescuer said.
The canine was left with a deformed snout that made his breathing labored, as well as injuries to his leg and elbow, skin and coat.
–City News Service
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