[Within steps of his door he and his pet were attacked by an out-of-control dog. This is why you carry pepper spray even for the most routine outings. You never know. You just never know.]
TAMPA, Fla. (WFTS) — A family’s doorbell surveillance system captures a scary moment as a loose dog attacks the homeowner’s pets. The intense encounter forced the homeowner to get a shot, pay more than $200 in medical bills and left him wondering who the stranger is caught on his Ring camera.
David Ulibarri was stepping outside his Tampa Heights home to take his small dogs out for a walk when a pitbull comes running into his yard and heads straight for his dog named Gizmo. Ulibarri tries to separate the dogs and after a couple of seconds the pitbull’s owner comes running to the porch. He drags his dog away.
Ulibarri’s mother asks the stranger, “Do you not have your dog on a leash?” and he responds “No, he was on a leash but I let him go because it was choking him.”
Gizmo was left with a gash under his eye and bite marks. The dog is on antibiotics.
“The vet said that if he’d [Gizmo] been a little bit closer he would have lost his eye,” said Ulibarri.
Ulibarri was bitten and had cuts and nicks. He asked the stranger whether the dog had its rabies shot but the man responded that he didn’t know. Ulibarri was forced to get a tetanus shot. Altogether, the encounter cost Ulibarri more than $200 of out pocket in medical bills.
Ulibarri requested information from the man who gave him an address and a phone number but not his name. Ulibarri reported the situation to Animal Control who, Ulibarri says, told him all the information was fake. Ulibarri is especially concerned this could happen again to another family.
“He could let him go again and there could be a kid there that he would attack,” said Ulibarri.