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Updated: 05/03/2018 08:30:02AM

Tortoises aren’t chew toys

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By Robin Jenkins, DVM

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Who let the dogs out? Woof, woof, woof, woof-woof! This is more than just a fun little song released in the summer of 2000 by the Baha Men. (See, I do know a few songs that were released after the ‘70s.) This is now the battle cry at Peace River Wildlife Center. We implore all families with canine companion members to be more responsible with their fur children.

PRWC has had a rash of gopher tortoises admitted for dog bite wounds. Unfortunately, there is no miracle cream to cure this rash. The gopher tortoise is an endangered species, but we’re not threatening to send the federales out to arrest your dogs. We just want everyone to understand the species a little better and maybe that will help us all respect these ancient beings.

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