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Dino the beagle is adopted by Jamaica Plain man

Posted by Sarah Favot  February 23, 2011 09:00 AM

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Dino, the beagle puppy from Milton that was hit by a snowplow in January, went home with his new owner on Tuesday afternoon, a man from Jamaica Plain who owns two other beagles.

Glenn Inghram was one of the dozens of people who applied to adopt Dino, but was chosen by the MSPCA-Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center to be Dino’s new owner. Inghram works from home and has two beagles named Bently and Gracie that were adopted from animal shelters in Rhode Island.

Gracie and Bently welcomed Dino into the family with kisses, barks and by playing with a tennis ball at the MSPCA-Boston Adoption Center on Tuesday.

Inghram said he thinks that Dino will fit nicely with his other dogs.

“Beagles are very pack-oriented and so Gracie and Bently when they first met they got along instantly at first sight and with Dino I’m sure it’s going to be the same thing,” said Inghram.

Inghram first heard about Dino from Your Town coverage of Dino’s accident on Feb. 2. He said he immediately wrote a letter to the executives at MSPCA-Angell telling them that he was interested in adopting Dino.

He said he thought his would be a good home for Dino because of his experience with Gracie, who has had both rear knees reconstructed.

“Knowing the physical therapy routine after a knee surgery, I knew right away what Dino would need in terms of ongoing care afterwards, not only financially, but the physical therapy as well,” said Inghram.

He said that pet insurance has made care for both of his dogs more affordable. He said medical bills for Gracie have cost him $8,000, some of which he has gotten back from insurance coverage.

Jesse Lane, an adoption counselor at the MSPCA said that she and her colleagues would miss caring for Dino.

“It’s always bittersweet to see them go,” said Lane. “But Glenn is going to be a fabulous home, he has been visiting Dino almost every day since he heard about him, so I’m excited for them.”

Dino’s previous owners brought him to the Animal Medical Center when he was hit by a snowplow at the end of January. Since then he has had his tail amputated; surgery to close lacerations on his hind legs; pins to align a fractured tibia; and surgery on his femur.

Doctors and staff caring for Dino decided that it would be best for Dino to recover in his new home, rather than staying at the center. He was put up for adoption last week.

“Dino is a wonderful and energetic beagle puppy,” said MSPCA-Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center Director Amanda Kennedy in a press release. “Selecting an adopter was a difficult decision made easier when we saw the commitment that Glenn was willing to make to Dino’s care and his long history of providing a rehabilitative home to beagles. We hope that the many people who were willing to adopt Dino will consider providing a forever home to one of the many homeless dogs in our care.”

Paul M. Vanecko, Inghram’s roommate, said that they are going to rename Dino “Morgan”.

Dino's care while at the MSPCA has been paid from the MSPCA-Boston's Spike Fund. Donations to the Spike Fund to help animals in need like Dino can be made at www.mspca.org/dino.

Sarah Favot can be reached at sarah.yourtown@gmail.com.

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