Dog Loses Leg in Run-in with Car, Now up for Adoption at MSPCA-Angell

November 19, 2012

BOSTON—Nov. 19, 2012 – A young, sweet-natured Pit Bull mix is up for adoption at the MSPCA-Angell adoption center in Jamaica Plain, Mass. after having her injured rear leg amputated following a run-in with a car on a busy Dorchester street, the organization announced today.  The dog, named “Nina,” was surrendered to the MSPCA by her owners who decided they lacked the time and resources to care for her.  The owners’ identity is not being released.

It is believed that Nina escaped from a backyard enclosure by digging under a fence and was then struck by the car when she darted into the street.  The owners brought her to Angell Animal Medical Centerand, upon hearing that her leg was too damaged to be saved, opted to surrender the animal.

Nina is on the road to recovery after having her leg amputated at the MSPCA-Angell (credit: MSPCA-Angell)

Nina’s leg was removed by the veterinary team at the Shalit-Glazer Clinic, the MSPCA’s in-house clinic that serves the medical needs of homeless animals at the adoption center.  She recovered incredibly well from her surgery and, according to Animal Care Supervisor Kelly Keiley, is ready for the next phase in her life.

“What happened to Nina is both extremely said and totally preventable and we’re going to do all we can to find the perfect home for her,” said Keiley.  “Even though she only has three legs she is full of life, very sweet and would make an excellent companion for someone who wants to invest the time in helping her regain her confidence.”

Readers interested in learning more about Nina or inquiring about the adoption process can visit for information about adoption center hours as well as the animal adoption process.



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