Dog being treated at LVS after bear attack in South Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A 3-year-old American pit bull terrier is being treated in the intensive care unit at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists in Fort Lauderdale after the owner reported that the dog was attacked by bears in Big Cypress Friday night.

The female dog, named Mary Jane, was allegedly attacked by bears at approximately 9 p.m. Friday while staying for the night at the owner’s daughter’s house at Big Cypress Indian Reservation.

Mary Jane was being taken for an evening walk, when she took off running to presumably protect the daughter and was attacked by approximately three bears.

Mary Jane was originally taken to Lakeside Animal Hospital in Plantation and then referred to LVS for treatment.

Doctors from LVS are treating Mary Jane for deep puncture wounds, which cover most of her body. They are administering fluids, providing pain medication and antibiotics. Additionally, doctors are concerned about air in the chest cavity of Mary Jane, which was presumably caused by her wounds and trauma.

“While we consider Mary Jane to be lucky and think her prognosis is good, we are still cautious about the air in her chest and the potential for the development of infection,” said Dr. Ashley Villatoro, a veterinarian at LVS. “Most importantly, this should be a lesson to all who live in South Florida that we have a presence of wildlife that can easily harm or injure a pet. Whether we’re talking bears, panthers, bobcats, alligators, venomous snakes, wild boars or bufo toads, we certainly have our share of deadly wildlife to continually be on the lookout for.”

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists
Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

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