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Stem Cell Treatment First Of Its Kind For Dogs In DC Area

BURKE, Va. (WUSA) -- Five months ago, Bradley, a 7-year-old Labradoodle, started to limp due to hip dysplasia. Lucky for Bradley, his owner is Dr. John Herrity with the Burke Animal Clinic. Instead of surgery, Dr. Herrity opted to try a revolutionary in-house stem cell therapy treatment.

"What we did was we took fat from over his shoulder blade. We processed it in the clinic. We took the stem cells out of that fat and then injected it back into his joints," said Dr. Herrity.

Two months after the treatment, Bradley's limp has almost entirely disappeared.

"I am tickled pink with how things have worked out. He's back to his old self," said Dr. Herrity.

Bradley was the first animal in the Washington-area to receive this type of in-clinic stem cell treatment, but Dr. Herrity is now up to nine other dogs. So far, all have been a success.

County Caring For Seized Cats

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- More than 100 cats were seized from a home in Annandale in November, now those cats need medical care and new homes, Fairfax County Animal Shelter Officials said in a news release. 

"The shelter currently has more than 100 cats from the Annandale case in its care. The sick and/or young cats have been sent to shelter-approved foster homes and are receiving medical treatment from the shelter's contract veterinarian," the news release stated.

Most of the seized cats had upper respiratory infections and parasites. Others had slightly more serious medical issues and are being treated, stated officials.

Officials tell 9 News Now 17 of those cats have already been treated, adopted out to homes or transferred to another organization.

Not every cat was so lucky.

"Cats that had untreatable medical illnesses or those that did not get better with medical treatment had to be euthanized for humane reasons," officials said.

Want to Adopt a Mistreated Cat or Dog This Weekend?

Volunteers from the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation are working to help find new homes for mistreated animals in different locations from Falls Church to Leesburg.

The founder of Log Dog and Cat Rescue, Pam McAlwee, has placed over 15,000 animals with new families since the launch of the organization in 2001. These non-profit group travels by van and continues to host up to 5 pet adoptions every Friday and Saturday morning.

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation has a staff of 8 full-time employees and relies on another 300 people in volunteer positions who help out at the weekend events by walking, feeding, and taking care of the rescued animals.

Come this weekend, Saturday, August 7th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to the PETSMART in Seven Corners of Falls Church, VA for the dog and cat adoption. The address is 6100 Arlington Blvd.