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LIKE any good Hollywood transplant, Scooby-Roo went from a troubled past to rehab. The two-legged dog has celebrity friends like Demi Moore and Alyssa Milano.

He has a therapist and a personal trainer and can look forward to a masseuse and acupuncturist.

But his life did not start out that way. The 11-month-old mutt was born without front legs and dumped in South Central Los Angeles. He and his sister Sophie were found living in a wrecked, abandoned car near a freeway onramp. He was covered in blood from scooting around on the asphalt.

A pair of good Samaritans caught the dogs and took them to Sheila Choi, who runs Fuzzy Dog and Cat Rescue Inc in Santa Monica, outside Los Angeles.

While some shelters might have euthanized the dogs, Choi sent out a mass e-mail looking for donations and other support.

Moore tweeted about Roo. Shannon Elizabeth sent money and tweeted for more dollars.

Milano saw a YouTube video of the dog and fell in love, she said through her publicist. She called Choi, promised to help any way she could and became the dog's godmother. Their first get-together included a photo shoot.

Choi also has talked to the Jackson family publicist to try to work out a meeting between Roo and Paris and Prince.

The dog, named for his Scooby-Doo! coloring and kangaroo hop, got a therapist for his emotional scars and a personal trainer to help with new custom-built wheels made possible by Choi collecting US$2,000.

According to Fuzzy's Website, Roo is adjusting well to his wheels. He receives two hours of "cart" practice daily, eats like a champ, plays like a cheerful puppy and is affectionate to all.

As he progresses, Choi said they are looking at hydrotherapy and massages and Milano thinks he should also see an acupuncturist.


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