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Snow plow can't take down Dino the beagle of Milton

Posted by Johanna Seltz  February 2, 2011 10:25 AM

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Dino resting after surgery. Photos by Brian Adams

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seelenfam@verizon.net.

Dino, a five-month-old Beagle puppy, is recovering nicely at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center from injuries he sustained when he was hit by a snowplow in Milton last week.

“He has that puppy mentality that keeps him going and will get him over this hump,” said MSPCA-Angell spokesman Brian Adams. “He’s full of energy, incredibly vocal and seems very determined to heal.”

He said the puppy faces months of rehabilitation and physical therapy after he recovers from his surgeries. He then will be put up for adoption.

Dino was hit by the plow last Thursday when he escaped from home and ran into the street, Adams said.

The puppy’s owners rushed him to the Boston animal clinic, where veterinarians determined he would need extensive surgery to repair the damage to his hindquarters, Adams said. The owners decided to give up the puppy due to the large amount of care he would need as he heals, Adams said.

He said the decision was difficult, but pet owners should know that MSPCA-Angell is there as a resource, with a long list of people who provide foster care for animals like Dino.

“The level of care is beyond the means of many pet owners. It will require a lot of time and a lot of energy,” he said. “Many times we will find a person with extensive medical experience for cases like Dino.”

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Surgeons waited until Dino was stable to operate on him, amputating his tail and closing lacerations on his hind legs. Dino returned to surgery on Monday when doctors used pins to align his fractured tibia and removed the fractured femoral head and neck from his left, rear femur to alleviate pain in his hip.

“He’s still sore; he has lots of sutures and pins and we need to change his dressings,” Adams said. But he said Dino is walking outside and acting like a typical beagle puppy.

Dino’s care will cost several thousand dollars, which will come from MSPCA-Angell’s “Spike Fund.” Information about donating to the fund is available at www.mspca.org/dino, he said.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seelenfam@verizon.net.

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