Dog Struck by Car Goes Full Week without Veterinary Care until the MSPCA-Angell Steps in

December 29, 2011

Boston, Mass., Dec. 29 2011 – When Sage, a seven-year-old black Labrador, was struck by a car in late November in Brockton, Mass. he went without proper veterinary care for a full week before finally arriving at the MSPCA-Angell in Boston.  The shelter veterinary team immediately treated him for his pain while awaiting x-ray results that ultimately showed a badly dislocated right ankle joint.  Following surgery to repair his leg, he was fitted with a metal device called an external fixator to hold the leg bones in place while they heal.  Sage’s owners opted to surrender him to the MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center due to the extent of his injuries and level of continued care necessary to rehabilitate him.


So far, Sage has required $2,500 worth of surgery and post-operative care, and will require six weeks of cage rest and further diagnostic tests to ensure a full recovery.  The MSPCA-Angell is hoping to not only find a permanent loving home for Sage, but for members of the community to donate funds that will help cover the cost of his care.  The MSPCA-Angell has set up a special donation page for Sage and animals like him; anyone who wishes to contribute may do so by clicking:


A second chance for a senior dog

Despite his serious injury Sage is well on his way to a full recovery.  Not only is he full of life—enjoying the belly rubs and treats that Adoption Center workers and members of the public have regularly doled out since he arrived—but he will also make for a wonderful loyal companion for the right individual or family. 

 Sage with the MSPCA'Angell's Lisa Andrejczyk


Said Alyssa Muro of the MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center, who is helping to oversee his care: “Labs tend to be loyal and friendly dogs and Sage fits the mold beautifully.  We know that many people have a special interest in senior dogs and we’re hoping the perfect adopter will want to take him home to continue his full recovery.  Moreover, because of the many surgeries and expensive, ongoing care we’ve provided to homeless animals in 2011, we are once again in need of funds to help defray the costs.”


Sage’s story is a reminder of why it is crucial for pet owners to spay or neuter their animals. Sage was not neutered at the time of his accident, when he ran from his yard and was struck by a car. Dogs that are not spayed or neutered are much more likely to wander from home (and become injured) than are animals who been spayed or neutered. The MSPCA-Angell offers reduced cost spay/neuter surgeries to low income residents via its Spay/Neuter Assistance (SNAP) program.


Anyone interested in adopting Sage may contact the MSPCA-Angell Animal Care and Adoption Center at 617-522-5055 or visit




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