EUSTIS, Florida. – A Central Florida shelter hopes to reunite a lost dog with its owners after it was attacked by an alligator in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
The Lake County Florida Animal Shelter said the dog was discovered by animal control Friday on State Road 44 and Seminole Springs in Eustis. Staff said they thought the dog’s tail had just been severed, but after being examined teeth marks from an alligator were found.
“LCAS performed emergency surgery to safely amputate her tail and are providing antibiotics to ensure she does not become infected during the healing process,” the shelter told FOX 35 News.
The shelter believes the dog is “definitely” someone’s pet because of his mannerisms. They said the dog appears to be a 5-6 year old White German Shepherd mix.
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“We would first like to find his family,” the shelter wrote on Facebook, adding that he really misses his family. “A great second option if his family is not found would be a rescue that helps dogs of his size or breed.”
If you recognize this dog, please contact the Lake County Florida Animal Shelter at (352) 343-9688.