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By Brian T. Murray for The Star-Ledger

RANDOLPH — Bentley slowly lumbered through the cramped waiting room of the American Animal Hospital in Randolph Wednesday, sheepishly eyeing people as he sat down.

Slowly wagging his shaggy white tail, the 2-year-old Great Pyrenees looked to be a much older dog as he struggled to carry his 105-pound frame. He was clearly in pain, suffering from a torn ligament and arthritic back-right knee.

“I just want to give Bentley some relief, just so I can walk him again. I’m not expecting him to be a marathon runner,” said owner Erin McGuire.

That is why she drove her pampered pet 80 miles from their Brielle home to have the dog undergo the first one-day, animal stem cell transplant procedure in New Jersey history.

The technique ultimately will stimulate cell regeneration in Bentley, reduce inflammation and, more important, ease his pain so that he will again walk comfortably — possibly in two weeks, said Michael Hutchinson, a veterinarian from the Pittsburgh suburb of Cranberry Township, Pa.

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