Woman has scary encounter with big dog, no injuries

Published: December 4, 2020 4:23 PM EST
Updated: December 4, 2020 4:54 PM EST

A woman in North Fort Myers was out on a walk and nearly attacked by a huge dog recently.

Angela Ross could be heard yelling in a recording that captured parts of her encounter with an aggressive dog in her neighborhood.

“Looked like to me he was getting ready to bite my leg, and I was having a heart attack,” Ross said. “I’m screaming at him,’ No. No.’”

Ross recorded the encounter on her phone, as the canine got dangerously close to her. She says the animal was not on a leash and went running and barking after her.

Ross says, when she yelled at the dog’s owner, nothing happened. Rather, she says the dog kept going for her.

Ross told us she was just walking around her neighborhood Thursday like she usually does. Early on during her walk, two unleashed dogs ran up to her.

“I was a little nervous about it,” Ross said.

She started recording video on her phone.

“The dog came charging out after me, and I didn’t hear anything from the young woman who came walking out like, ‘No. No. Stop,’ or running out after him. It just didn’t seem like there was a lot of concern there,” Ross said. “I literally thought I was dead. Seriously. I mean, it wasn’t going to turn out good for me if that dog decided he wanted to lay into me.”

Ross said she contacted Lee County Animal Services. She was told to fill out a complaint.

According to a Lee County ordinance, if an animal isn’t restrained or shows aggressive behavior, then, animal services may investigate, resulting in either a citation or seizure of the animal.

The dog’s owner rents a home nearby, and the landlord told us he’ll talk to her about containing the dog.

Ross said she’s thankful the dog didn’t bite and thankful she didn’t have her dog, Chloe, with her, but she also said she won’t be walking around the neighborhood anymore.

“I hope they just give them a warning and tell them, you know, listen; you need to have your dogs on a leash or controlled. Don’t let them come after people,” Ross said.