Dog hit by snow plow to be reunited with owner

WALTHAM, Mass. – A 3-year-old mixed breed dog named Vixen who was reportedly struck by a snow plow is scheduled to be discharged from BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Waltham at 3 p.m. Thursday.

The surgery to repair Vixen’s fractured right hind leg was successful and she is recuperating well, according to Dr. Mary Ann Nieves, the board-certified veterinary surgeon at BluePearl who performed the surgery.

Donors helped pay the cost of Vixen’s surgery after a fund was set up by Frankie’s Friends charitable pet foundation, a non-profit that helps pay for life-saving emergency and specialty veterinary care for pets whose families would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of care. BluePearl also provided discounts to support Vixen’s treatment.

Anyone interested in making a contribution to Frankie’s Friends can click here.

Vixen is owned by John Cavallo, a retired grandfather of six and a Waltham resident, who was financially unable to pay the full amount for Vixen’s care. He said he’s extremely grateful for the outpouring of support and spent Wednesday afternoon clearing snow from his backyard to make it easier for Vixen to get around.

“I can’t wait to get her home again,” said Cavallo. “I know Vixen will have to take it easy for a while but my grandchildren are really looking forward to snuggling with her.”