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Pup who crawled home after being hit by car rescued by MSPCA

Posted by Marcia Dick  June 11, 2013 06:22 PM

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Luna (above) arriving at Nevins Farm; recuperating at her foster home (below right); and back on her feet (below left).

The following was submitted by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center:

A young puppy with a brave heart is on the mend after she was struck by a car on May 26 in downtown Lawrence before dragging herself up two flights of stairs to her owners’ apartment.

The owners of the 3 1/2-month old Pit Bull-mix, named Luna, brought the dog to the nearby MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen, where they surrendered her because of the expense and burden associated with rehabilitating the critically injured puppy.

luna2.jpgThe veterinary team at Nevins Farm evaluated Luna and concluded the severe injuries to her pelvis and legs required special surgery at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.  On Tuesday, May 28, Angell surgeon Dr. Sue Casale — who specializes in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery — performed an operation to repair Luna’s broken left hip.  After two days of recovery at Angell, Luna made her way back to Nevins Farm, where the adoption center team placed her into a temporary foster home.

Luna’s Brush with Death

Mike Keiley, director of the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center at MSPCA-Nevins Farm, feared the worst when Luna was first brought in. 

"Luna was in terrible shape and my primary concern was whether she had suffered permanent spinal damage as a result of the accident,” Keiley said.

Despite the intense pain associated with her shattered pelvis and leg, Luna wagged her tail and remained calm during an extensive initial evaluation.  “It was a huge relief to see her remain calm in those first few hours after the accident.  That gave us all hope that we could see her through the worst of this and ultimately get her into a wonderful home,” Keiley said.

For Dr. Casale, who performs life-saving surgery every day on owned pets as well as homeless animals who come into the MSPCA’s adoption centers and through law enforcement investigations, the opportunity to give Luna a second chance has been incredibly rewarding.

luna3.jpg“I’m really pleased to see how well Luna has recovered from the surgery and I believe she’ll go on to live a perfectly healthy life,” she said after the operation concluded.  “It’s an amazing feeling to know we’ve played a role in transforming a broken dog into a healthy pet who’ll no doubt make her future owner very happy.”

Luna is continuing her recovery from surgery at a foster home.  “The future is incredibly bright for Luna and we’re proud of the work we’ve done as a team to get her to this stage,” said Keiley.

The MSPCA-Angell relies on donations from the public to fund the medical care costs of animals like Luna.  Her care has been paid for through the MSPCA’s Pet Care Assistance program, which provides financial assistance to low-income pet owners as well as pays for the care of homeless animals and those the MSPCA seizes during law enforcement investigations.  To make a donation to Pet Care Assistance, click here.

The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit

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