"Blackie" Recovering from Four-Story Fall from Apartment Building

October 5, 2012

BOSTON and Methuen, Mass., Oct. 5, 2012 – A 6-month-old black Cairn Terrier mix named Blackie is recovering from serious head injuries suffered in a fall from the fourth floor of an apartment building in Lawrence, Mass. last Tuesday, the MSPCA-Angell announced today.   The dog’s owners surrendered Blackie to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in nearby Methuen, Mass. where he was initially evaluated by staff veterinarians.  He was ultimately transferred to Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, Mass. where emergency veterinarians stabilized him and further assessed his injuries and likelihood of recovery.


Amazingly, Blackie suffered no broken bones in the fall.  However, 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.

 Blackie with Dr. Meg Whelan in the Emergency & Critical Care Unit at Angell Animal Medical Center (Credit: MSPCA-Angell)


Given the severity of his injuries, Blackie’s owners opted to surrender him to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm.  Blackie was discharged from Angell on Monday and then transported to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm Adoption Center where staffers took extra steps to ensure his comfort and safety while he awaits adoption.


How to Help

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 do so by clicking here. 


Blackie’s Outlook

Mike Keiley, Director of the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center at Nevins said, “Thankfully we were able to provide Blackie the initial care he needed after such a tragic accident because of generous donations to our Angels 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.”


Anyone interested in adopting Blackie can inquire about the process by clicking 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 www.mspca.org.