Dog Struck By Car Friday Night Suffered Bladder, Liver Trauma

Ronnie, Maya Novak's Airedal terrier, is recovering slowly from Friday night's accident.

The 8-year-old Airedal terrier that was stuck by a car with her owner is experiencing a slow recovering from internal injuries, but is still expected to return home soon.

According Summer Aweidah of IVG MetroWest in Natick, Ronnie had emergency surgery for a ruptured bladder and "serious" liver trauma from the collision. He also suffered significant blood loss.

"He's recovering well, but a little slow," she said. "He's not yet eating on his own, and he has some post operation issues: he's depressed. But the surgeon thinks he'll make a full recovery."

Aweidah said Ronnie will need 24-hour care when he returns home, which could be tomorrow or Friday if his family chooses.

Novak, 66, of 304 Maynard Road, was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston Friday night with what was determined as possible life-threatening injuries, Sudbury Police Lt. Robert Grady said in a statement.

Jerry Berger, director of media relations at Beth Israel, said she was still in fair condition as of Wednesday afternoon.

Fair condition is defined as vital signs are stable and normal, the person is conscious, indicators are favorable, but the person may be uncomfortable.

Ronnie was taken to IVG MetroWest by Heather Merrill, founder and director of who was on the scene.

The vehicle that struck Novak and her dog stayed at the scene Friday night and the operator was identified to police.

The crash is currently under investigation by the Sudbury Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police.

Sudbury Police Lt. Scott Nix said on Wednesday no charges have been filed.

The crash caused Fairbank Road to be closed in the area of the crash for 3 1/2 hours.

Paula Mackenzi October 24, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Rob - I'd like to offer my help in any way. Do you know if Ms. Novak has family in the area? Is there someone to care for the Ronnie when he is released?
Robert Fucci (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I don't think the family will release Ronnie until Ms. Novak is back home. Someone needs to be in the house 24/7 to care for the dog. I have not spoken with any family member so I don't know where her closest relatives live. I'll let you know if I receive any contact info from family members.


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