LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. – A dog that attacked and killed a cat in Lehigh Acres returned to the same house not even a week later, the homeowner said.
Just six days later, the man who lives at the home on the corner of Karen Avenue South and 32nd Street SW said his doorbell camera once again captured the same dog on his porch.
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“It looks exactly like it,” said Terry Sorenson. “It looks exactly like it.”
This time though, Sorenson was ready. He started with putting the outdoor cats in his garage.
“I give them little snacks and they come running in,” he said. “My garage is probably my safest for them.”
He also brought in their food at night, unless he’s keeping watch. Since the attack, Sorenson’s been staying up to about 4 a.m. to stand guard.
“I get my machete and sit there with my Ring going on,” Sorenson said. “I’m here to protect my cats.”
When the dog strolled up just before 3 a.m. on Monday, Sorenson was awake inside.
“I grabbed my machete, and I hit the door,” Sorenson said.
He ran outside, jumped in the car, and drove around, searching for the dogs all while on the phone with 911.
“If any of my cats would’ve been around, they would’ve been attacked,” he said.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded. Sorenson said, just like before, deputies told him that Domestic Animal Services would get a call to come out.
When asked about recent calls, Lee County Domestic Animal Services said that they never got a call. Sorenson called LCDAS to file a report Monday evening.
Officers with Domestic Animal Services told him a dog trap would be out first thing in the morning.
“They have to be removed from wherever they’re at because they’re going to hurt someone,” Sorenson said. “At that point in time, it’s going to be too late.”
If the dog’s owners are found, they could face a penalty under the county’s ordinance prohibiting animals from running at large.