Collier Domestic Animal Services is seeking the public's help in finding the owner of a dog found hit by a car Tuesday night in rural Collier County. The springer spaniel was found at the intersection of Immokalee Road and Oil Well Grade Road, and has a collar but no tag or microchip.
"He's currently on oxygen, and he has a lot of different issues going on with him," said Darcy Andrade, director of Collier DAS.
The dog is "guarded" condition at the Animal Specialty Hospital (ASH) in East Naples, with head trauma, rib fractures and bruised lungs.
"We're also concerned that may or may not have some permanent nerve damage, because at this point he's not walking," said Dr. Alanah Wray, a veterinarian at ASH.
She said find the owner could be a huge factor in the dog's recovery.
"Sometimes we need (pet owners) to come and visit them, to help get them eating and feeling better," Wray said.
In the meantime, Collier DAS has set up a GoFundMe page to help the unidentified pooch continue his intensive care at ASH, which could include surgery.
"We really need donations to help care for the dog," Andrade said. "If we're not able to find its owners, we want to do everything we can to provide the care it needs, to where we can try to find a positive outcome for him, and possibly a good home."
Anyone interested in donating for the dog's recovery can also drop off donations at Collier DAS's location at 7610 Davis Boulevard in Naples, or call 239-252-7387 to donate by phone.