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Great Danes rescued by FMPD officer and Good Samaritan after running into traffic

Posted at 7:23 PM, Mar 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-04 19:27:34-05

CAPE CORAL — Two Great Danes are safe, thanks to the efforts of a Good Samaritan, and a Fort Myers Police officer.

The dogs got loose and were running down Diplomat Pkwy. in Cape Coral, causing issues with traffic and safety.

Matt brewer saw the dogs, and even though the animals literally came up to his waist, he said he wasn’t afraid. He hit the brakes, jumped out, and chased after them to try to get them to safety.

Brewer said they were impossible to miss as he drove toward the intersection.

"When I got to the intersection at Diplomat, there were two, what I thought were small ponies crossing the intersection," said Brewer.

Brewer said the dogs were causing havoc, running in and out of traffic.

"Cars were like swerving off of the road and all that," said Brewer.

Brewer chased the dogs out of the roadway, but he was having trouble dealing with the animals by himself.

"I saw an officer and I waved him down, and then him and I both, we managed to chase them around a field into a backyard, and then, when we got them in the backyard, we put up some garbage cans and contained them there," said Brewer.

Brewer filmed a short video of FMPD Officer Martin Devila with the dogs, which thankfully were not hurt. Cape Coral Animal Shelter CEO Liz McCauley said Brewer did exactly what he was supposed to.

"The best thing to do is to try to get the authorities involved. Sometimes you can call the police. If you can get them contained, Lee County Domestic Animal Services will come out and get them," said McCauley.

And McCauley said, often times, animals like these can end up not making it back to their owners.

"The problem that I see here in this area is sometimes people find dogs and cats, and they just decide to keep them," said McCauley.

Brewer said he’s happy that, at least in this case, the dogs were safe, if just a little tired.

"Just real blessed that the dogs are okay," said Brewer.

But there is a small mystery in all of this. We reached out to Lee County Domestic Animal Services, and they never picked up the dogs. So we're not sure if they ended up back with their owner yet, but Fort Myers Police tell us the dogs are safe.