CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Mary Benbynek and her daughter’s Yorkie, Snickers, were attacked by three pit bulls while out on a walk Friday evening.
It happened in the 4000 block of SE 3rd Avenue in Cape Coral.
Benbynek says she was walking Snickers, who was sniffing out all of the mailboxes, when two pit bulls started charging from across the street.
“They immediately knocked me down and kept going so they were dragging me on my back for a whole, I would say, a house length,” Benbynek explained.
She says that’s when a third pit bull got a hold of Snickers.
“Picked him up, just mauled him, shook him.”
She started screaming for help. She says that’s when her neighbors rushed out of their house and pulled the dogs away.
“I just told her to get up and take the dog and run,” Sue Dupont said. “And then screamed for the neighbors to come out and get their dogs.”
Benbynek jumped in her car and took Snickers to the vet, but they said there was nothing they could do for him. The veterinarian told her he had a dislocated hip, bite marks, and a hernia in his stomach.
The next day, Benbynek says one of the pit bull owners apologized and offered to pay the vet bill.
“But he was going to keep them and he was going to put a chain on the fence and hope it never happens again,” Benbynek said.
WINK News stopped by the pit owners’ house. They declined to comment.
Benbynek, and the rest of the neighborhood tells us, they just want to feel safe while walking down their street.
“Other neighbors next door have pets, there’s cats that run around in the neighborhood, I’m just not comfortable having those killers living across the street,” Dupont said.
Benbynek says she filed a report with the Cape Coral Police Department who said Animal Control will be investigating. WINK News is waiting to hear back from Animal Control about details on the case.