EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 6, 2012

Dog falls 4 floors, doesn't break a bone

By Gretchen M. Putnam gputnam@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — A 6-month-old small dog took a tumble from the fourth floor of a city apartment building last week, and while he did not break any bones, the canine was left temporarily blind and unable to walk.

The owners took little “Blackie” to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen for treatment and surrendered ownership. Due to the severity of its injuries, the dog was transferred to Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain.

According to Angell veterinarian Dr. Jaclyn Morency, his head injuries were severe enough to render him temporarily blind and unable to walk.

“Our initial focus was to reduce Blackie’s pain and anxiety—and we were able to do that quite effectively with pain medication and by keeping him comfortable,” she said. While Blackie is still challenged by walking, and has yet to recover his eyesight, Morency is hopeful that he can fully recover in time.

“Thankfully we were able to provide Blackie the initial care he needed after such a tragic accident because of generous donations to our Angells for Animals Fund. We will do everything in our power to help him in his recovery and, when he is sufficiently recovered, find him a loving home committed to his ongoing care,” said Mike Keiley, director of Noble Family Care and Adoption Center at Nevins in Methuen.

The MSPCA-Nevins Farm has created a fund to help cover Blackie’s medical expenses, and animals like him. Anyone wishing to contribute toward his care may or interested in adopting Blackie can visit www.MSCPA.org.