Puppy Lands at MSPCA-Nevins Farm after Tumbling from Third Floor Window

Ten-Week-Old “Luca” on the Mend, Now Needs a Forever Home

BOSTON and Methuen, Mass. March 9, 2017 – A puppy who escaped serious injury after falling from the third floor window of a Haverhill, Mass. home on Feb. 25 is in the care of the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen following her surrender to a nearby veterinary clinic, the organization announced today.

The adorable pit bull-mix, who staffers named “Luca,” fell to the ground when a top-floor window—without a screen—was left open.  Her previous owners opted to surrender the spirited pup after the fall.

Remarkably, eight-pound Luca suffered no serious injuries despite the 20-plus foot drop.

“She had some bruising and needed supplemental oxygen for a day because breathing proved a bit difficult,” said Mike Keiley, director of the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center at Nevins Farm.

“But to come through this with no neurological damage or broken bones is a surprising—and surprisingly happy—outcome.”

First Stop: Foster Care

Luca is bunking down in a nearby foster home because of her tender age and the staff’s conclusion that a home environment would be more comfortable.  “She’s made friends with the resident dog [named “Foster”] and she’ll be ready to be placed in a permanent home in about two weeks,” said Keiley.

Luca will be spayed as soon as she is fully recovered and before she transitions to a permanent home.  She is currently enrolled in Nevins Farm’s Puppy Play and Learn training class, which will grow her social skills and prepare prime her for learning new behaviors in the months and years ahead.

“She loves the interaction with trainers, volunteers and other dogs and she’s gaining confidence and skills that make her that much more attractive to would-be adopters,” said Keiley.

How to Adopt Luca

Anyone interested in adopting Luca can email for more information or visit the MSPCA-Nevins Farm at 400 Broadway in Methuen during open hours.


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