Navy Seal’s service dog recovers in ICU thanks to neighbors, doctors, charity

img_0403FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Doctors from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, a specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Fort Lauderdale, are treating Maggie, an eight year old Labrador retriever, after she was hit and dragged several feet by a truck on Tuesday.

John Brophy, a retired Navy Seal was visiting friends on a Las Olas Isle with Maggie, a former service dog.  While outside with his friend, a speeding truck struck Maggie, causing extensive damage to her left hind limb.

Brophy and a nearby neighbor, an off duty emergency room nurse, quickly sprang into action and rushed Maggie to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, where veterinarians have been treating her injuries since.

Upon arrival to the intensive care unit at LVS, doctors discovered that Maggie was in hypovolemic shock and had sustained severe injury to her left hind limb with multiple bone fractures exposed. Emergency clinicians quickly administered fluids to stabilize her vitals and a mixture of pain medications to control her intense pain. With Maggie beginning to stabilize doctors cleaned and bandaged her leg, which required amputation surgery the following day.

“When Maggie arrived she was in severe shock and an immense amount of pain,” said Dr. Jenessa Grau, a doctor of veterinary medicine and emergency clinician at LVS. “Her back left leg was significantly damaged and even showed img_0430missing bones in x-rays.”

With Maggie still recovering in the ICU, Brophy was faced with the daunting task of paying for his pet’s climbing bills. LVS gives a discount to military members and first responders, however Maggie’s lifesaving treatment cost was still significant.

Seeing that Brophy could not afford his beloved pet’s treatment, doctors from LVS knew they needed to help. The balance of Maggie’s treatment will be paid for by The Pet’s Tree of Hope fund, which was created by LVS last year and helps pay for lifesaving treatment for pets when their owners cannot afford the entire cost.

“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, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine and medical director of Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. “We are so thankful that Maggie is beginning to recover and hope she will be able to return home soon.”

“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,” said Brophy. “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.”

For more information about Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists or to help support The Pet’s Tree of Hope, visit or contact Kim at 954-641-1100 or

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.


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