How to help an injured animal

If you see an injured animal on the side of the road, you should be very cautious

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A bobcat was brought to the Westfield Regional Animal Shelter for treatment on Wednesday after being hit by a car in Southampton. Wild animals are frequently hit by cars and trucks.

It is possible to safely help the injured animals. Dr. Amy Alwood, a veterinarian at VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital, told 22News if you see an injured animal on the side of the road, you should be very cautious.

“You want to make sure the vehicle is safe and you’re safe and calmly approach the animal. You want to keep in mind that if an animal is injured their fear response may be to defend themselves, so you want to make sure you’re not hurt by getting bitten or scratched,” said Dr. Alwood.

She added that the safest option is to call the town animal control department, so they can send a trained officer to handle the injured animal.


Related: Bobcat struck by car in Southampton