Indianapolis dog recovering after farm accident

(Provided Photo/VPI Pet Insurance)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A 2-year-old Labrador retriever from Indianapolis is recovering after a farm accident injured her in June.

Jessica Parsons, of Indianapolis, said her dog Charlie slipped under a disc behind a tractor driven by her boyfriend. At first, Parsons thought the dog just suffered a few cuts on her tail; however, the next day, Charlie was not able to get up on her own.

(Provided Photo/VPI Pet Insurance)
(Charlie/Provided Photo VPI Pet Insurance)

The dog was taken to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette. Officials there said Charlie was bleeding and she would need fluids, blood products and medicines to control her heart rate.

“My father was also scheduled to have surgery for cancer, so I was unable to be there with Charlie. I hadn’t been able to see her since the car ride to Purdue, and I was scared she was going to die there without me,” Parsons said.

The next day, Charlie had spinal surgery. She also had surgery for her damaged kidney.

“Charlie and Jessica are lucky they had access to the top veterinarians at a veterinary school like Purdue’s,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA and Chief Veterinary Officer at VPI. “While most people know that veterinary colleges train new veterinarians, they may not realize that most also offer care by top veterinary clinicians. Charlie’s case will most likely be used as a an educational case study in the classroom and the teaching hospital for years to come – especially since the outcome was so positive.”

After two major surgeries, Parsons said she’s grateful to the veterinary team at Purdue for saving Charlie. Parsons said her pet insurance from VPI paid for the medical bills, which was more than $10,400.

Charlie is now in the running for the annual Hambone Award, which is named in honor of a VPI-insured dog that got stuck in a refrigerator and ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while waiting for someone to rescue him. To vote for Charlie, click here.

While Charlie’s recovery has been difficult, Parsons said the dog is doing well with crate rest and limited activity. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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