San Carlos Park man jailed on charges he stabbed neighbor’s dog to death

Christopher A. Hunter

Christopher A. Hunter

— A 24-year-old San Carlos Park man remained jailed Friday night on charges he stabbed a neighbor’s dog to death Thursday morning and went on a drunken driving spree.

Christopher A. Hunter, 3995 Unique Circle, Fort Myers, was being held on a felony count of animal cruelty and nine misdemeanors: criminal mischief, reckless driving resulting in property damage, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, driving while under the influence of alcohol/first offense, DUI resulting in property damage, driving while license suspended/first offense, disturbing the peace, resisting a law enforcement officer without violence and probation violation from Collier County for battery. Bond was set at $84,030, but he was denied bond on the criminal mischief count, Lee County Jail records show.

According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report:

Deputies were sent to Unique Circle about an argument. They found a broken door, glass and blood. The woman who owns the house was there. Her daughter and Hunter rent from her.

Hunter attempted to leave when the woman got there and she told him not to do so or she would call 911. He did and she called.

The daughter, Lynn Granier was uncooperative, but said she is pregnant by Hunter and they had argued, but she had not been hit.

Hunter left and came back with blood on him. About the same time deputies were called by Tabitha Newman, the dog’s owner, that he had been hurt. She lives across the street. Jake, a mixed-breed labrador, was bleeding profusely from his face and was limping. He had been stabbed.

Newman said she heard Jake, 1, barking about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, heard a loud thump and then Jake screamed. She saw Hunter run to a car, get in and leave.

Deputies found the car on U.S. 41 South near Terry Street and watched it turn into the Sanctuary, an apartment complex, crash through the security gate and hit a parked car.

A trail of blood led deputies to 8659 River Homes Lane, No. 102.

They knocked and a man covered in blood put his hands up. He said he was Christopher Hunter.

He was taken to Florida Gulf Coast hospital where he was treated for superficial wounds and given a blood test, which showed his alcohol level to be 0.213. A driver is presumed intoxicated in Florida if his blood alcohol level is 0.08 or above.

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