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Cape Coral police kill dog that bit woman after fatally mauling, eating part of her Chihuahua

The killed dog’s owner and her husband suffered bites trying to separate the…

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Bubba, a dog running loose that attacked, killed and partially ate a Chihuahua during a walk with its owner Sunday morning, was later shot and killed by Cape Coral police.

The owner of Bubba told investigators he had no idea the animal was running loose, didn’t want the white and tan male neuter Terrier mix back and would cover all costs associated with the incident.

Reports from Cape Coral police and the Lee County Domestic Animal Services on the attack said the first owner was walking two pets, the Chihuahua and a beagle, shortly after 6 a.m. in the 1800 block of Del Prado Boulevard North.

The attacked dog’s owner, described in the police report as an elderly woman, and her husband who came to her aid, suffered bites on her hands trying to separate the animals. Cape Coral police, fire and EMS unit responded.

Despite the woman and her husband getting the beagle in their car, Bubba  jumped in the car and started attacking.

The husband of the injured woman grabbed Bubba by the hind legs and pulled him off the beagle, getting bit, the Animal Services report said.

The Cape Coral police report said the attacking dog dragged the woman’s small pet dog to a nearby vacant yard.

A Cape officer said some of the flesh on the small dog’s right leg was missing and the animal was eating the smaller canine when found.

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A Cape Coral police officer said he tried to get the loose animal into his cruiser at one point but it saw another dog, a white German shepherd, walking with its owner by Prado Linear Park and attacked the dog, identified by the owner as a service dog.

The officer, at times kicking the attacking dog, and the victimized pet’s owner separated the animals a few times but the officer said the attacking dog kept re-engaging and would not let go, so he shot Bubba twice in the head. 

Lee County Domestic Animal Services removed Bubba’s remains.

The Cape Coral owner of the German shepherd declined to file a complaint but asked Animal Services to have Bubba’s owner call her.

Animal Services scanned the dog’s carcass for an ID chip and found the owner, Matthew Vaneslow of Cape Coral. He confirmed the dog was his and had no idea it had gotten loose. They said the animal was not current on its vaccinations and had been left with him when his girlfriend moved out three years ago.

The Animal Services report said Vaneslow felt very bad for the people that got bit and the dead dog. He said he would be covering all costs.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services issued two citations on Bubba to Vaneslow, for threatening and menacing and for running at large.


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