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Framingham dog survives being kicked in face by horse

Jack recovering at MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center after surgery to repair extensive injuries.

A Framingham woman is relieved her dog is alive after he was kicked in the face by a horse. Jack, a one year old rescued mutt, was seriously injured when a 2,200-pound draft horse kicked the 33-pound dog in the face with its back hooves, according to an MSPCA press release.

Jack just came back from walking with his guardian, Megan Gaffney, when he playfully chased one of her horses, who then got spooked and kicked him.

Gaffney rushed to his side when she saw Jack limping.

“I saw blood covering his entire snout and my heart immediately sank,” said Gaffney. “I really thought I would lose him given how badly injured he was.”

Gaffney immediately brought Jack to the emergency animal hospital. He was then brought to MSPCA's Angell Animal Medical Center where Dr. William Rosenblad operated on him for two hours, repairing fractures to the upper palate and jaw. He also had to remove 10 teeth, including the upper canines.

“Jack was in very rough shape when he first came in and, to be honest, I’m surprised he survived the accident,” said Dr. Rosenblad.

After only one night stay at the hospital, Jack was released to continue recovery at home. He is expected to make a full recovery without complications.

“I was so worried that he might never be the same after such a traumatic injury,” said Gaffney when she brought Jack home. “Not only did he recover incredibly fast but he’s just as eager to head back to the barn, though we’ll ensure he can’t get up close and personal with the horses again!”

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