Sick to my stomach and a damaged shell.....

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Cameron

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Ok, I have been debating with myself for over a week on whether or not to post this or not, but I need to. Our neighbors dog dug under our fence last week while I was at work. By the time my wife noticed it in our backyard there was no telling how long it was there. She got the neighbor to come get the dog and didn't notice anything was wrong. I got home and went out to check on things and my heart sank into my stomach. The dog had chewed on the shell of my friends tortoise that I am watching, and my little redfoot was missing. The chewing was on the outer edge of the shell just above the right rear leg. There is about a quarter inch of depth missing there when compared to the other side. Will this grow back, or will he look damaged like this the rest of his life? I am still sick over this whole thing. That tortoise was brought to my house to keep it safe from dogs, and what happens? A dog digs into my yard and damaged it. Then there is the redfoot. I can't actually say that the dog ate it because I didn't see it happen. However, it was in an escape proof enclosure and could not have gotten out on it's own. It was there that morning before I went to work. I'm so sick about it.

Anyway, does anyone know if that leopard's shell will grow back?
 

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I'm afraid the Leopards shell won't grow back. :( It should heal up and be just fine though. How big was your Redfoot and how big was the dog?

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oh no :( thats so sad and I can imagine how your heart sank to find one missing and the damage to the others shell. I cant comment about the shell growth, as Im a newbie, hope its on the mend PDQ !!
Has the neighbour said anything, I would feel terrible if that was me.
 

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Oh goodness :( this is awful :( I don't think that shell will grow back, I am not sure though. I hope someone with more expertise comes on and helps you out with your questions. As far as the dog getting your red foot that is so awful, have you spoken to the owners yet? How big was your red foot?
 

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thanks for the info Dan. the redfoot was about 3.5" and the dog is a pit bull/lab mix. he must have been working on the hole for some time, it was in the back corner of my yard, and slightly covered with a small tree and some plants.
 

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Im so sorry...
no, the shell wont 'grow back', but it should heal. make sure the damage is only minor and flys arent going to be a problem.
How big was your redfoot? I would think there would be evidence somewhere in the yard. What kind of dog?
You can probably have the dog owner Cited for loose dog since it was out of its yard... but that doesnt help much after the fact... The dog owner should be made aware of what happened.. I would guess,, if the dog did get your redfoot.. proof would have passed thru already and the dog owner might know....
I hope the tort is just in your yard hiding somewhere... still could be..?


Make sure that dog owner secures that fence... you might need to do something on yourside as well.. It will try to get in your yard again... ugh..
 

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I haven't said anything about it to the owner. I didn't actually see the dog with the redfoot so I don't want to go over there and accuse it without proof. There is a chance it could have just carried it around the yard a bit and dropped it. I look every day. Nothing. There is still a chance though, I guess.
 

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So sorry to hear that. The Leopard's shell will be permanently scarred. I recommend taking him int the vet to make sure there's no bacteria in the wound.

As for the redfoot, was it an adult? I'm thinking that its unlikely that the dog would have eaten a grown redfoot without leaving any signs such as (forgive me), pieces of the shell. The fact that you have not found any signs of the redfoot suggests that the redfoot may have escaped and may be hiding somewhere in your yard. I wish you all the best.

Please keep us posted.
 

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It is possible the dog picked up the red foot and then dropped it in your yard somewhere, I will be crossing my fingers that it did!
 

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Well you could tell the dog owner that one of your torts is missing. As stated before and I don't want to be too graphic, but if your RF was eaten..then the dog's poop should be the proof. I don't think dogs process like us, so it might take a couple of days, but since you have said was a week ago..then the dog owner if it picks up the poop from the backyard...should have noticed it.

I am sorry that this has happen to you Cameron. I can imagine just how sick you feel. I hope your little RF is just hiding and not hurt. They can hide pretty good. I have trouble finding mine, even when I know what area they are in. As for the Leo...I hope your friend understands and you both can get through this.
 

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Cameron said:
I haven't said anything about it to the owner. I didn't actually see the dog with the redfoot so I don't want to go over there and accuse it without proof. There is a chance it could have just carried it around the yard a bit and dropped it. I look every day. Nothing. There is still a chance though, I guess.

Check the neighbor's yard as well, in case it was carried over or crawled through the hole the dog dug.
 

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I would tell the dog's owner. I am sure it would have no problem eating your little redfoot (sorry). They are responsible for the cost of a 3.5" redfoot, as well as vet bills for the leopard, plus a couple hundred for permanant damage to the leopard. I would notify them right away. Clean the leopards wounds with 3% hydrogen peroxide, and keep him clean and dry. Take him to the vet tomorrow.
 

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