Police Beat: Dog bites swan at Lake Eola
This horrible incident happened at Lake Eola this week. Those poor swans get no respect. From the OPD’s event sheet about the incident:
On 03-05-2013 at approximately 1130 hours I Officer Castro 13707 responded to 101 N. Rosalind Ave. at the city
park office in reference to a swan that had been attacked by a dog.
Upon my arrival, I met with park ranger Jeffery Peretich. Jeffery completed a sworn written statement.
Jeffery stated that on 03-03-2013 at approximately 1600 hours that an unknown white male released his dog
(Dachshund) from its leash an allowed the dog to attack a white
swan causing injuries to the swan.
The swan was taken to the Winter Park Veterinarian Hospital located at 1601 Lee Rd in Winter Park Florida. Dr.
Newman examined the swan and determined that the swan had nerve damage to his leg and little chance of
recovery. The swan was euthanized. The loss of the swan was estimated at $500.00 dollars.
Jeffery stated that the incident was reported to Park Ranger John Shelley by witness Nothoma Carney who saw
the incident take place. Carney took pictures of the incident as it occurred.
Shelley completed an incident report through the park ranger’s office. Shelley was emailed pictures of the incident
Jeffery learned of the incident when he read his work log on 03-04-2013. Jeffery was advised by his supervisor
(NOI) to call and make a police report on 03-05-3013 at approximately 1100 hours.
The Park Ranger report, pictures of the incident that were taken by the witness, and a copy of the email were all
placed into Orlando Police property and evidence under #AE8149A.
The white male was not given permission to release his dog to attack the swan and Jeffery does wish to prosecute
on behalf of the City of Orlando.