Dog lost in Hurricane Ian had his tail amputated after suspected alligator attack

A lost dog narrowly escaped an alligator attack after Hurricane Ian, according to a Florida shelter.

The Lake County Florida Animal Shelter (LCAS) said the dog was found Friday by animal control officers in Eustis, Lake County, central Florida.

An image of a German Shepherd. The dog found after Hurricane Ian had to undergo emergency surgery following an attack by alligators.

According to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, shelter admissions for free-ranging animals and former pets in the state increased by more than 36,000 cats and dogs in 2021, an increase 11% compared to 2020.

Data collected by the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) revealed in 2021 that one in five pet owners had left their home due to an emergency and nearly half had left at least one pet behind.

A spokesperson wrote on the LCAS Facebook page on Friday: “It appears to have narrowly escaped an alligator attack. Our medical team was able to carry out an emergency amputation on what was left of his tail.

“He is recovering from his surgery, but he really misses his people. He was found near Seminole Springs Road in Eustis. We would love to take him home.”

The shelter told Fox 35 that staff performed emergency surgery and provided the dog with antibiotics “to make sure he doesn’t get infected during the healing process.”

The shelter added that the dog appeared to be a 5-6 year old white German Shepherd mix and that staff wanted to see him reunited with his family.

A spokesperson for the shelter said: “A great second option, if his family is not found, would be a rescue that helps dogs of his size or breed.”

Anyone who knows the dog has been asked to contact LCAS at (352) 343-9688.

Newsweek has contacted LCAS for comment.

Many local heroes stepped up to help and save people and animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

Tampa police officers bent over backwards to rescue a kitten lost during the height of the hurricane and managed to get the animal to a local veterinarian. Within an hour, the vet found the animal a new home.

Officers said they named the kitten Stormie after finding out she was a girl, having planned to name the feline Ian.

According to American Humane, an animal welfare group, its rescue teams are in good shape to respond to animal emergencies.

The estimated cost of the destruction caused by Hurricane Ian is estimated to be between $100 billion and $120 billion.