UPDATE: Puppy going home after successful surgery for injuries sustained when garbage truck struck bike he was riding on


QUEENS, N.Y., (Aug. 22, 2014) – Dr. Adam Eatroff, a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist, examines Charlie at BluePearl in Queens. (BluePearl photo)

QUEENS, N.Y., (Aug. 26, 2014) – A 5-month-old Pomeranian puppy named Charlie is scheduled to be discharged from BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Queens today after undergoing surgery to repair multiple fractures he sustained Thursday evening, when he and his human, Stefanie Campos, were struck by a truck while riding a bicycle near 43rd Avenue and 104th Street.

According to officials with FDNY, the crew of Ladder 138, which included Lt. Michael Decollibus, and Firefighters Stephen Corr, Brian Cullen, Stephen Maly, Kevin Mohr and Daniel Kennelly, was responding to a water main break when they turned onto 43rd Avenue. Passersby flagged down the fire truck to help Campos and Charlie, who had just been hit.

Once Campos was given emergency care and placed in an ambulance, members from Ladder 138 took Charlie to BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Queens.

Charlie was stabilized and assessed. He sustained multiple fractures and injuries. Dr. Mark Levy, a board-certified veterinary surgeon with BluePearl, performed surgery Saturday to repair the fractures.20140822_082451

Frankie’s Friends charitable pet foundation is raising funds for Charlie’s care; BluePearl has donated up to $4000 in care. While the total amount needed has not been reached yet, those interested can still donate by visiting

According to a representative with Frankie’s Friends, if additional funds are raised those funds will go to help other NYC-area pets in need.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,700 people including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.