Poppy the dog survives being hit by train, funds needed for surgery

Poppy1KANSAS CITY – Poppy, a golden retriever/lab mix who was hit by a train Saturday, is in the care of Great Plains SPCA and today will receive life-saving surgery to repair her shattered left femur and pelvis at BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Kansas City.

Great Plains SPCA, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit, rescued the dog after she was hit by the train in Sibley, Mo. The conductor and another man jumped from the train and pulled the dog to safety until she could be picked up by Great Plains SPCA. The organization’s veterinarian stabilized Poppy and treated her pain before transferring her to BluePearl for overnight monitoring and surgery.

Poppy has already incurred $1,200 in medical care costs and the total may be around $6,000 or higher, so Great Plains SPCA is asking the community to donate to help cover their costs. Donations can be made here.

“It’s a miracle that Poppy is alive, and though she has extensive injuries her winning spirit is shining through,“ said Courtney Thomas, CEO of Great Plains SPCA. “We are going to do whatever it takes to fully heal her, but we can’t do it alone. We need Kansas City to step forward and help us with her medical costs.”

Dr. Ryan Bragg, a board-certified emergency and critical care veterinarian, said Poppy will need a plate installed to repair her shattered left femur and screws will be used to fix her dislocated pelvis. She also suffered multiple lacerations and her right ear was crushed. But Bragg said she has a good chance at a full recovery.

“These are fixable wounds,” said Bragg. “Poppy is lucky to be alive, and it’s great to see the community come together to support her.”Poppy3

Poppy isn’t microchipped, and Great Plains SPCA is still trying to determine whether she has an owner. If an owner can’t be located, she will be put in foster care and then be adopted to a new loving family. Those interested in learning more about adopting from Great Plains SPCA are encouraged to visit