Doctors were optimistic that Chase, a one-year-old lab mix, would recover and have a good quality of life after he was hit by a train in Fridley, Minn. Unfortunately, BluePearl Veterinary Partners confirmed Tuesday night that Chase passed away due to complications following a second surgery.
"It is with a heavy heart I have to inform you that Chase, the dog who was hit by a train, developed complications following surgery this evening," a BluePearl spokesperson said in a statement. "Doctors believe a blood clot occurred in his brain and he passed away. At BluePearl, we consider pets as part of the family, so tonight our thoughts are with the Rogers during this difficult time."
Chase was out for a walk Sunday with his owner, Mark Rogers, when he got loose and ran onto the train tracks, where he was hit by a train and pinned to the tracks. Chase suffered a severed foot, a fractured hip and torn skin near his groin. Rogers was able to free his dog before another train approached, then rushed him to the vet for emergency care.
The nonprofit Frankie's Friends had set up a page at http://tinyurl.com/savechase15 to help with the cost of Chase's medical care. Frankie's Friends said the money will be applied to Chase's medical expenses, and the remainder will go to help other families throughout Minnesota who cannot afford life-saving care for their pets.