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November 3, 2010:  One year ago, a little dog was rushed to the UT Veterinary Medical Center. She had been dragged behind a vehicle and was fighting for her life. Her story and her struggle touched hearts around the world. Little Brown Dog, as she came to be known, has recovered from her wounds. Her story can be found through the links on this site. If you want a glimpse at the next chapter of her life, she recently "blogged" (or is that "dogged"?) her way to Seattle and back and promises to update the blog regularly. Visit the college's Facebook page to see a video of Little Brown Dog.

One year ago.............

Little Brown Dog's Story from 2009

(Knoxville, TN)-- Tuesday, November 3, 2009, officers with the Animal Control Unit of the Knoxville Police Department brought a small dog suffering severe shear wounds to the John and Ann Tickle Small Animal Hospital at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine.  Friction across a rough surface creates shear wounds, where first the skin, then tendons, ligaments and bone are eventually worn or ground away. According to a KPD news release, officers reported witnesses said the dog had been dragged behind a vehicle.

The 17-pound terrier mix had to be stabilized overnight before Dr. Patricia Sura, assistant professor of surgery, and veterinary medical technicians could assess her condition. The patient, lovingly dubbed Little Brown Dog at the veterinary hospital, suffered severe skin, tissue, joint and bone wounds.  She was listed in critical condition.

Doctors change Little Brown Dogs bandages daily; at first under general anesthesia, but now under heavy sedation. Sura has been able to suture almost 75% of the wounds, and her condition has been upgraded from critical to serious. She remains in the intensive care unit of the hospital for pain management.

Each time her bandages are changed, veterinary students ensure she is stylishly attired. So far, Little Brown Dog has sported The Jokers colors from Batman, daisies with smiley faces, and Wonder Woman.

Police charged a Knoxville man with one count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, which is a felony in Tennessee.  The dog is currently under the protective custody of Animal Control.

Media coverage surrounding Little Brown Dog has been extensive, spurring an incredible outpouring of compassion. Gifts and inquiries about her condition have been received from all areas of Tennessee, surrounding states, and as far away as California, Texas and even Canada. 

Notes and cards of encouragement are gladly accepted at

                Little Brown Dog

                c/o UTCVM Development Office

                2407 River Drive

                Knoxville, TN., 37996-4550


Message from Dr. Patricia Sura, November 13, 2009:

I just wanted to take a moment to send a sincere Thank You from Little Brown Dog's health care team. As a result of the overwhelming support from folks in East Tennessee, throughout the United States and even Canada, we have been able to provide her with the finest medical care available. Every decision has been made with Little Brown Dog's best interests in mind, and her response to treatment has been miraculous. As we move towards potential skin grafting next week, we are pleased to announce that Little Brown Dog will be able to take a vacation from the clinic this weekend, to spend time with one of our faculty members in a loving home. This not only serves to provide some normalcy to Little Brown Dog, but also allows us to curtail spending, and save our donations for her surgical procedures and aftercare. Please know how much your donations have helped not only Little Brown Dog, but all of the faculty, staff and students who are involved in her daily care. She has captured the hearts of everyone here, and it is sobering to recognize the selflessness of the community, and to be able to care for her without compromise. There are not adequate words to express our gratitude.  Sincerely, Dr. Sura  



Posted: 11-03-10 Viewed: 34828 times

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Sandra Harbison
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee
2407 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996

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