Cape man attacked by newly adopted dog: A Cape Coral man was viciously attacked by his new dog. When he went to return the dog, he says they told him the dog had done this before. Now he wants to know why he wasn't warned.
A Cape Coral man says he's scarred for life after he was attacked by a dog he just adopted.
An empty kennel is an odd sight for longtime dog lover Tony Misunas. After the death of his wife earlier this year, Misunas felt he needed companionship.
"As big as this house is, there is just no presence. That is what I'm looking for and when she was here for the two days, I felt great," said Misunas.
He adopted the young dog from the Gulf Coast Humane Society and early on things were fine.
(This picture provided in this article does not appear to be a German Shepherd)
On Thursday, he went to pick up pieces of food left by the dog when he was attacked.
"I bent over, she went at me. She just hit me," he said.
Each time Misunas kicked back, the dog lunged forward biting and clawing at his arms.
"It wasn't angry, it was like a psychopath or something. It just totally lost it."
Scarred and frustrated, Misunas returned the dog and says he was told this wasn't the first time.
"That is so wrong in so many ways not to tell someone. I said why wasn't I told," said Misunas.
Jennifer Galloway says the dog has been returned twice before, but not for violence. She herself was a foster parent for the puppy when it was first born.
She says there may have been miscommunication for why the dog was returned because violent behavior would have been discussed.
"We don't want that to be a deterrent. We want it to be the right fit. We want them to always think rescue first," said Galloway.
She says in the adoption process, markers are put in the system for dogs with any issues. Staff are told to make families aware of what these markers are so they can make an informed decision about adoption.
Shelter policy says this dog will not be adopted again and will undergo therapy.
For now, getting a dog will have to wait, and as painful as that is, Misunas says it's for the best.
"If anything should happen and I should read something that the dog goes out and hurts somebody, that is on me," said Misunas.
Those at the humane society say they will be in contact with Misunas to get more details into what happened.
They say the dog will go to the rehab facility, and that violent behavior is usually triggered by something. So far, they do not know what the trigger was, which makes this very uncommon.