Again, dog attacks have Lakewood residents worried

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Residents of one Lakewood neighborhood say it’s happening again – and they’re outraged.

In June 2018, News4JAX learned of an issue involving two stray dogs in neighborhoods along St. Augustine Road between San Marco and Lakewood. These dogs would be responsible for the death of 16 domestic cats and seven chickens.

Now, neighbors said, two more stray dogs are believed to be killing cats in the same area.

We first met Cynthia Carter-Ross after her 8-year-old cat, Big Baby, was killed in her backyard by two stray dogs.

“They [dragged] him across the gap. He was pretty much gutted,” Carter-Ross said in 2018.

At the time, “Big Baby” was one of more than a dozen cats killed by what were believed to be the same two strays between Lakewood and San Marco.

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“I ran out just to see the two dogs take my cat in their mouths,” resident Mark Bronstein said at the time.

One of the dogs, Ross later said, was hit by a car. The attacks have stopped. But now neighbors say two new dogs recently roamed the neighborhood and killed people’s pets.

Most recently, Carter-Ross’ elderly cat, Mi, sat on the hood of her car in her driveway along Bishop Circle. Surveillance footage captured one of the dogs lunging at the cat, which unfortunately couldn’t get away.

“It was very brutal and very sad,” Carter-Ross said. “And to say it happened to my other cat just a few years ago is the same thing. Someone doesn’t care about dogs and just lets them run around.

Betty Griffith lives several doors down from Carter-Ross and thinks the same two strays recently killed her cat. While she is concerned about other neighbors’ cats, she is also concerned about the safety of her neighbors’ young children.

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“They walk and they ride their little scooters here. We have never had a problem before. But now it’s starting to be a problem with vicious dogs,” Griffith said.

I contacted the city to find out what animal control was doing about this issue and was told they could not comment as it is an active case.

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