An American Bully dog that was found badly injured with two broken legs by Yolo County Animal Services in Clarksburg on Tuesday has been renamed Dwayne Johnson by his new carers.
Described by officials as tough, sweet and friendly, the dog was trying to walk on its front legs as both the dog's back legs were broken. It also had a large mass on the side of its face, according to the Yolo County Sheriff's Office.
The dog, which had no microchip or tags, was eventually picked up by local rescue NorCal Bully Breed Rescue.
The rescue group took the dog to UC Davis, where it underwent surgery on his legs, according to Leslie Bird, one of the group's founders. Officials believe the dog was thrown out of a car or beaten, Bird said.
Doctors at UC Davis originally thought he had broken both of his back legs, suffered a shattered pelvis and a broken jaw. However, X-rays revealed both his back legs were broken but his pelvis was not. A CT scan confirmed that his mandible was not fractured but it had a large hematoma.
"He is the sweetest, dopiest baby," Bird said by phone Friday as she was on her way to pick up the dog from UC Davis.
The dog's new carers renamed him Dwayne Johnson for his 'tough and sweet' nature after they discovered he had a penchant for wrestling.
The dog was named after wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson because the carers believe the 'Skyscraper' actor is an 'all around good guy'.
Rescuers said that Dwayne is one of the 15 dogs that have been dumped in that area over the last few months. The last dog dumped there didn’t survive, they said.