FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Murphy, a 3-month-old mixed breed puppy, is recovering inside the intensive care unit at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, after being attacked by another dog.
On July 10, a man claiming to be Murphy’s owner rushed into VCA Imperial Point Animal Hospital with the critically injured puppy in his arms. According to those involved with the rescue, the man hurriedly explained that his puppy had been attacked by another one of his dogs, turned over the badly injured puppy and ran out, leaving little personal information.
An X-ray revealed Murphy had suffered numerous puncture wounds to his thorax and chest, a broken left front leg, broken ribs causing a deformed chest, a collapsed left lung, as well as significant lacerations to his front left leg. After numerous unanswered calls to the suspected owner by the hospital staff, Amy Roman, the founder of local animal rescue 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida, happened to be in the hospital and jumped into action.
“I just happened to be at Imperial Point Animal Hospital when Murphy came in. He was screaming from the pain and was not going to survive unless he made it to a specialty emergency veterinary hospital. I couldn’t watch him die, so I rushed him to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists,” said Amy Roman, founder of 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida.
Upon arrival to LVS, Murphy was treated for his external wounds, administered blood, multiple medications for pain and infection, and provided oxygen to facilitate his troubled breathing. After receiving stabilizing care in LVS, critical care doctors realized surgery was his best chance for survival.
On July 17, Murphy underwent open chest surgery to repair the extensive internal damage caused by the attack. Dr. Jennifer Bibevski, DVM, DACVS performed the procedure, mending the puppy’s broken ribs, creating a chest splint to fix his deformed chest wall and draining fluid surrounding his lungs, while Dr. Lynell Tocci used LVS’s new high-frequency ventilator to re-inflate Murphy’s collapsed left lung.
“Upon arrival, our critical care team did everything possible to stabilize Murphy’s condition. The trauma to his chest was extensive, and we knew the only way to save him was to perform this challenging surgery,” said Bibevski, a board-certified veterinary surgeon at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. “Fortunately, Murphy has responded well to the surgery and with additional care, we are hopeful that he will make a full recovery. His left lungs are working appropriately and he has regained a happy attitude since surgery.”
“We have already received a massive outpouring of support about Murphy and we want to thank our supporters and the doctors at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. The lifesaving care Murphy received does have significant costs, and we ask that the community help us through donations, if possible,” said Roman.
The 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the [mission] of dogs across South Florida. For more information about this charity, please visit http://100plusabandoneddogsofevergladesflorida.org.
About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists
Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.