Help is being given to a dog who has survived unimaginable cruelty. The dog, dubbed “Dwayne,” was kicked, beaten, muzzled with wire and doused with scalding water – according to the Helen Woodward Animal Center, despite the horrific abuse, Dwayne still has a kind soul.
The ongoing abuse left Dwayne disfigured, but his gentle demeanor has remained intact. Dwayne used to live in Tijuana, Mexico – it was there that he was repeatedly abused, not only by his owner but by cruel residents who tortured him as he scoured the area for food.
Dwayne longed for kindness but was met with repeated pain and cruelty – his life finally changed when an independent rescuer saved him from his agonizing existence. The Helen Woodward Animal Center explained:
Center Companion Animal Hospital Chief Veterinarian Dr. Patricia Carter first found out about Dwayne when the independent rescuer reached out to her for help. With aid from an Arizona-based donor, the rescuer had already taken care of Dwayne’s immediate head wounds and had him neutered, as well. Due to the severity of his damage and the extreme expense required to repair him, none of the rescuer’s normal shelter contacts would accept him.
“It’s unbelievable,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms. “This beautiful dog took all the despicable abuse and neglect man can show to an animal and still he wouldn’t turn on mankind. Helping animals like this is at the heart of Helen Woodward Animal Center. This is what we stand for and we’ll do everything we can to care for him and protect him.”
According to Fox 5 San Diego, Dwayne’s first major reconstructive surgery, which lasted for two hours and took place on Monday, went well. The goal of the surgery was to help Dwayne eat and drink more easily – in a few weeks, he will undergo further surgery to help repair more of the damage to his abused body.
If you would like to contribute to Dwayne’s recovery please click: animalcenter.org/RescueDwayne. For more information about him and updates on his availability, please contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoptions Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 313, visit www.animalcenter.org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.
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