FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A retired Navy SEAL’s service dog is recovering after being badly injured by a speeding truck in Fort Lauderdale.
John Brophy was with his service dog, Maggie, on Las Olas Isle on Tuesday when a truck struck the dog, causing extensive damage to her hind leg.
Brophy and a nearby neighbor rushed Maggie to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, where she was immediately admitted to the ICU.
“When Maggie arrived, she was in severe shock and an immense amount of pain,” veterinarian Dr. Jenessa Grau said. “Her back left leg was significantly damaged and even showed missing bones in x-rays.”
Doctors had to amputate Maggie’s leg the next day. The dog is still recovering in the ICU.
Although the animal hospital gives a discount to military members, Brophy could not afford the significant cost of Maggie’s care.
Lauderdale Veterinary Services created The Pet’s Tree of Hope fund last year, which helps pay for lifesaving treatment for pets when their owners cannot afford the entire cost. Doctors decided to pay for the balance of Maggie’s bills through the fund.
“With this happening during the week of Thanksgiving, it is yet another reminder to give thanks to those who served and continue to serve our country,” said Dr. Ira Zaslow. “We are so thankful that Maggie is beginning to recover and hope she will be able to return home soon.”
Brophy said he is grateful to have his four-legged best friend on the mend.
“When you go through a trauma like this, it is so helpful to have an amazing team of people like those at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists,” Brophy said. “I couldn’t be more thankful for the help, love and support that I have received since the accident and that she is beginning to recover.”
To help support The Pet’s Tree of Hope, visit www.lauderdalevets.com.
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