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Abused Dog Undergoes Cutting-Edge Surgery

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Greenfield WI-Beatrice is one tough dog, after being brutally abused by her previous owner, she has been through a number of surgeries as well as treatments. However, a new cutting edge surgery may be able to help her.

Lying on the table, getting prepared for surgery, Beatrice awaits the next step on a long road.

"It`s just at that stage where it`s not healing well. The granulation tissue is coming in but it just needs that one more step of covering over it," said Beatrice’s veterinarian, Dr. Marla Lichtenberger with the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals.

After being set on fire and burned over ninety percent of her body in March, the path to recovery has been steady, but slow.

"I was getting a little frustrated with the treatment," said Dr. Lichtenberger.

So, Dr. Lichtenberger and the veterinarian treating Beatrice took a different approach.

"She contacted me, and I said sure. Let me see if I can help,” said Dr. John Weigelt. "I’ve used pig skin once before on an animal before autografting, but I’ve never used it on a dog."

That changed Monday when he applied pigskin to her burns.

"If the pigskin sticks and covers it and gives her some chance to heal underneath it, that we have a pretty good chance that she`ll heal this wound almost completely," he said.

Dr. Lichtenberger says this is cutting edge and has never been attempted before.

If this is successful, a new path will have been created to possibly help dogs like Beatrice in the future.

"Right now, I am actually, a lot more hopeful than I was two weeks ago," said Dr. Weigelt.

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