Puppy crawls home after being struck by hit-and-run driver

Puppy crawls home after being struck by hit-and-run driver

Luna is now standing after being critically injured in a hit-and-run

Lawrence, Ma.--Luna, a three-and-a-half month old pit bull mix, is recovering after sustaining serious injuries from a hit-and-run driver in Lawrence.

Luna managed to escape her home back on May 26, only to be struck shortly after exiting her property in downtown Lawrence. The female pit bull's injuries were considered critical as she suffered a broken left hip, shattered pelvis and leg. Despite her critical state, Luna made her way home, climbing two flights of stairs back to the apartment she shared with her family.

Once discovered, Luna was rushed to MSPCA-Nevins Farm. The extent and cost of Luna's injuries were so severe that her owners had no choice but to surrender her to the MSPCA.

After being transported to Boston's Angell Animal Medical Center where she received life saving surgery, Luna was returned to Nevins Farm where she was then placed into a foster home to recover. According to Mike Keiley, director of the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center at MSPCA-Nevins Farm, they feared the worst when Luna was first brought in. “Luna was in terrible shape and my primary concern was whether she had suffered permanent spinal damage as a result of the accident.”

Despite Luna's intense pain, she has proven herself to be a fighter, even wagging her tail during an extensive initial evaluation. “It was a huge relief to see her remain calm in those first few hours after the accident. That gave us all hope that we could see her through the worst of this and ultimately get her into a wonderful home.”

Doctors are confident that Luna will make a full recovery and go on to make a great addition to a loving family.

The MSPCA-Angell relies on donations from the public to fund the medical care costs of animals like Luna. Her care has been paid for through the MSPCA’s Pet Care Assistance program, which provides financial assistance to low-income pet owners as well as pays for the care of homeless animals and those the MSPCA seizes during law enforcement investigations.

If you are interested in donating to the MSPCA's Pet Care Assistance program so they can continue to help dogs like Luna, please click here for more information.

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