Dog hit by snow plow to receive surgery thanks to community support


WALTHAM, Mass. – The 3-year-old mixed breed dog reportedly hit by a snow plow is scheduled to receive surgery Tuesday at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Waltham.

Donors stepped up to help pay for the procedure for Vixen, who suffered a broken right hind leg and a collapsed lung after being hit by a pickup truck with a snow plow attachment around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

“This is a huge weight off of my shoulders,” said John Cavallo, Vixen’s owner. A retired grandfather of six, he was not able to afford the full cost of the surgery. “My family loves Vixen so much. I can’t tell you how thankful I am to everyone who helped. There are some good people out there.”

The fund for Vixen’s surgery 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 is also providing discounts to the cost of care to support Vixen’s treatment.

In less than 24 hours, donors contributed nearly $5,000 toward Vixen’s surgery. Any leftover funds will be used to help other needy pets. Anyone interested in donating to Frankie’s Friends can click here.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners

BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs 2,400 team members including more than 500 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, FL.