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Three Dog Bites in One Week

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During a vicious dog attack in Cape Coral, a man lost part of his finger. But this is just one of three aggressive dog attacks in Cape Coral in this week. City officials are currently working on a solution to the problem.

The unprovoked displays of dog aggression in Cape Coral parallels the fact that more dogs are roaming the streets unattended and some of which are proving to be very dangerous.

On Thursday, a dog bit the fingertip off of a construction workers hand. Officers with Animal Control impounded a pit bull and pit bull mix shortly after the incident.

Many Cape residents are concerned and want to know if three dog bites in a row are simply a coincidence or if it is the beginning of an alarming trend.

Ria Brown of Animal Control Services says, “I believe it is a coincidence. There are dogs running loose every day but these dogs just happened to cause a problem.”

However, the real problem is that more dogs are running the streets in Cape Coral. In 2006, officials saw an 18 percent increase in complaints about stray dogs from the previous year.

Brown added dogs alone are not to blame for the recent spike of unpredictable canines.

“People let their animals run loose. When that happens, you’ve got a formula for disaster. People can be hurt and the animals can be hurt,” said Brown.

Brown explained the dog that bit the construction worker will likely be euthanized. Animal Control fined the owner of one of the dogs $175 for violations. Officers are still looking for the owner of the second dog.