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Broken Bullmastiff Rescued from the Streets Arrives at the MSPCA-Angell

BOSTON, Aug. 20, 2015 – A three-and-a-half year old Bullmastiff named Moxie is lucky to be off the streets after a homeless person brought the stray and ailing dog to the Northshore Veterinary Hospital in Lynn, Mass. on Aug. 14, from which she was ultimately surrendered to the MSPCA-Angell, the organization announced today.

Not only is Moxie safe from harm but her sight has also been saved thanks to Dr. Martin Coster of the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center ophthalmology team.  On Aug. 18 Dr. Coster performed surgery  to repair Moxie’s entropion eyelids—a condition in which a portion of the lid is inverted or folded inward.  The condition can ultimately lead to blindness which, for a 100+ pound dog like Moxie, would prove especially challenging.

Moxie’s Future is Clear and Bright

Moxie bears the hallmarks of a dog who has known neglect for most of her life.  She is significantly underweight and she has a heart murmur which could someday require medical intervention.

But for now she is recovering from her eye surgery and—according to the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center manager Alyssa Krieger—eager for the attention and love showered on her by adoption center staffers.

“Moxie is incredibly friendly and affectionate considering she may have not known the comfort of a home for years,” she said.  “She’s the kind of dog that makes us pull out all the stops because she’s going to make the perfect family dog.”

Moxie’s medical bills have approached nearly $1,000 and have been paid for by Spike’s Fund, a fund that allows the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center to pay for injured or sick animals, from medication and exams to surgery and recovery.

Anyone interested in donating to Spike’s Fund to help offset Moxie’s care, and the care of animals like her, can do so by clicking

Now the hunt is on for the perfect forever home for Moxie.  “It’s always heartwarming to see animals like Moxie remain loving and loyal despite tough starts,” said Krieger.  “But we’re really looking forward to finding her a safe and permanent new home.”

Readers interested in adopting Moxie can contact the adoption center directly at