Puppy with Broken Toes Gets a Second Chance after Rescue from Churchyard

September 30, 2013

BOSTON, Sept 30, 2013 – A five-month-old puppy found abandoned in an East Boston churchyard was brought to the MSPCA-Angell in Jamaica Plain, Mass. on Sept. 10 by a good Samaritan who worried the dog might not survive alone on the streets.  The brown and brindle Pit Bull-mix, who has since been named Ramona by staffers, had several broken toes—a painful injury likely caused by a run-in with a car.

Ramona had no identification tags nor was she microchipped.  When found behind the Most Holy Redeemer Church on Maverick Street in East Boston she wagged her tail and limped toward the man who ultimately brought her to the MSPCA.  It was there that x-rays confirmed several of her front left toes were broken, requiring the young pup to wear a splint for several weeks.

 Fitted with her cast and recovering at the MSPCA-Angell, Ramona the happy pup will soon be available for adoption (credit: MSPCA-Angell

“Sadly, we see these very situations all the time in which a dog comes to us broken—with no home and no means to take care of itself.  In this case, Ramona suffered outside for what could have been days in a significant amount of pain,” said Amanda Laskoe, animal care supervisor at the MSPCA-Angell.

Ramona was fitted for her cast by shelter veterinarians at the MSPCA’s Shalit-Glazer Clinic, which performs spay and neuter surgeries as well as other treatments and procedures on homeless animals before they are made available for adoption. 

Now firmly on the road to recovery, the MSPCA hopes Ramona’s next (and last) stop will be a permanent home with a family or individual.  “We’re going to do all we can to get her well and into a loving home that she so deserves,” added Laskoe.

Anyone interested in adopting Ramona can contact the adoption center directly at adoption@mspca.org to learn more about the kind of home staff members are searching for.

The MSPCA-Angell’s three state-wide animal care and adoption centers take in, and place into new homes, thousands of homeless dogs, cats and other animals every year.  Ramona represents just one of the many animals who arrive every day—and whose futures are brighter as a result of the care they receive.  Readers can contribute directly toward the care of these animals 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.