Veterinarians caring for injured dog whose owner was fatally struck in Bay Ridge Thursday
NEW YORK – Doctors from Veterinary Emergency Referral Group, a 24-hour specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Brooklyn, are treating a dog reportedly struck by a car and injured while out for a walk with her owner in Bay Ridge Thursday.
The dog is now in good condition and is expected to be released Tuesday afternoon.
According to police, the dog and her owner Frank Decolvenaere, 66, were struck by a teenage driver in a Mercedes-Benz in Bay Ridge Thursday, just after 7 p.m. The pair were reportedly hit while crossing 4th Avenue at 101 Street. Decolvenaere suffered severe head injuries and died at the scene.
Stormy, a 9-month-old female pitbull mix, was admitted to VERG Thursday night at approximately 8 p.m. after she was reportedly found by a family member collapsed and badly injured in front of her home with no sign of Decolvenaere nearby. Family members believe Stormy found her way home following the crash, which was more than 10 blocks away.
Upon arrival, Veterinarians and team members immediately began providing emergency care and assessing the dog’s condition, which included injuries to her head, body and hip.
Initial evaluations showed significant trauma to Stormy’s head, a fractured hip, multiple skin abrasions and pulmonary contusions from the impact.
While severe, none of the injuries required surgery. Veterinarians administered supportive treatment to help stabilize Stormy’s condition and facilitate the recovery process, including providing IV fluids, wound care, medications to help manage her pain and oxygen therapy.
“We are pleased with Stormy’s recovery thus far and are confident she will be able to continue her recovery at home following her release,” Dr. Brett Levitzke, the chief medical officer at VERG. “At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and his family. Because of the generosity of those donating to Stormy’s GoFundMe, as well as the support of our partner charity, Positive Tails, the family will be able to go through this difficult ordeal without the burden of paying for her cost of care.”
Those interested in donating to Stormy’s care can do so through a GoFundMe, which was started by friends of the Decolvenaere family or by donating directly to Positive Tails.
Positive Tails, a non-for-profit charity that funds medical care for abused animals and pets with families who cannot afford medical treatment has also pledged to help cover part of the cost of care for Stormy.
For more information on VERG, team members or veterinary services offered at the hospital, please visit https://www.verg-brooklyn.com/.
Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group (VERG) was formed in 2005 by Dr. Brett Levitzke to provide emergency services and specialty medicine to the Brooklyn community. Open 24-hours, seven-days-a-week, VERG’s team of emergency doctors, specialty doctors, technicians and assistants are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care within a nurturing environment. Their services include, cardiology, critical care, dermatology, emergency care, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, radiology and more. VERG can be reached at 718.522.9400 and is located at 196 4th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11207.