Eagle treated for gunshot at Florida animal hospital

Eagle found by side of the road

Headline Goes Here Peter Guinta/St. Augustine Record

Dr. Kathleen Deckard of St. Johns Veterinary Hospital on U.S. 1 holds an American bald eagle she treated after it was shot. The bird will be sent for rehab at a Maitland facility.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A protected bald eagle is being treated at a northeast Florida animal hospital after wildlife officials found it wounded from a gunshot earlier this month.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the male eagle was found by the side of a Palm Coast road Sept. 4.

St. Johns Veterinary Hospital officials told the St. Augustine Record the eagle had been hit by 15 shotgun pellets, and officials say they won't know until next week if the pellets will cause lead toxicity.

Staff at the hospital has been administering intravenous fluids, antibiotics and pain medication.

The eagle will be released to the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland for therapy later this week.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the FWC's alert hotline at 888-404-3922.

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