Domestic dog attacks resulting in life-threatening injuries to local wildlife are on the rise in Florida, says Joanna Fitzgerald, Director of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
The wildlife hospital admitted 104 animals attacked by dogs last week alone, Dr .Fitzgerald told the Naples News. Among them was a gopher tortoise that had its soft shell mauled. Hospital staff devised a special bandage which protects the fractures in the tortoise’s shell and the underlying soft tissue.
“People and wildlife are living in closer proximity now more than ever,” said Elizabeth Fleming, senior Florida representative for Defenders of Wildlife, The acclimation must include keeping pets safe from wildlife and wildlife safe from pets.