Community rallies to help dogs injured in tragic accident

KATY, Texas – When firefighters brought two injured dogs to North Houston Veterinary Specialists after a fatal car accident, veterinarians immediately began giving treatment to the hurting boxer mix and dachshund.

Hope, left, and Faith, recuperating at North Houston Veterinary Specialists.

Hope, left, and Faith, recuperating at North Houston Veterinary Specialists.

Now some of those firefighters are doing even more: They’re raising money for the dogs’ veterinary care, so the grieving family will have one less thing to worry about.

“What I want is to get the word out that we’re doing this to help the family,” said George P. Anderson, a captain with the Houston Fire Department.

He set up a gofundme page called the “Hope, Faith & Angel Recovery Fund” to raise money for the dogs’ veterinary care and more than $1,500 has been raised.  Firefighters and North Houston Veterinary Specialists (NHVS) employees are among those who have contributed.

The work of the NHVS staff, community members and firefighters from multiple agencies has been inspiring, said Suzanne Merritt, an NHVS manager.  “The biggest thing is seeing the whole community come together for this family and for their pets,” she said.

The Dec. 26 accident in Katy killed one of the dogs’ owners and sent another to the hospital. It also led to criminal charges for the alleged instigator.

Firefighters and nurses treated the dogs at the scene and brought them to NHVS hospital in Katy, which provides emergency care for animals around the clock, seven days a week.

At that time, the staff did not know the names of the dogs or their owners, so they were given nicknames: Faith and Hope. Faith, the boxer mix, suffered several cuts and a wound to one paw. Hope, the dachshund, suffered a disc injury and cuts. Veterinarians have treated wounds on both of the dogs and they have provided additional medicine and monitoring. Faith is being evaluated for possible disc surgery. The dogs’ actual names are Judy Brown and Lucy, respectively.

There was a third dog, nicknamed Angel, who died at the scene.

Anderson said he’s very impressed with the treatment the two dogs have been receiving from the doctors at NHVS. “Their caring and their professionalism have been incredible,” he said.

He also credited members of his department, bystanders and the Westlake Volunteer Fire Department for helping the dogs.

In addition to the gofundmepage, a Facebook page for the dogs also has been created.

NHVS is affiliated with BluePearl Veterinary Partners