When Jim Flood — who lives on Tahquitz Creek Golf Course, just yards from the wash — found a section of his prized BMW 321i shredded and riddled with what looked like teeth marks, he wasn’t sure what to think.
When a neighbor told Flood he’d spotted two animals, “bigger than coyotes,” tearing through the neighborhood in the wee hours the night before, he decided it was time to call the police and report the odd event.
The wheel well around the car’s front left tire was twisted and had several punctures that could only have been made by teeth.
Large sandy paw prints were visible on his front lawn headed directly to the car.
Neighbors reported that they saw large dogs or dog-like animals around. One even told him it was a “chupacabra”. That goes to show how pervasive that cultural icon is!
But watch the video of the man’s description and he gives a clue to the likely explanation.
What runs away from dogs and hides in wheel wells? Cats. And the dogs in pursuit will chew at even metal (if the piece is metal, could be plastic) to get at it. I would conclude this is indeed what happened in this case. It looks like the cat found a safe haven. But the insurance company has to pay for it. But the mystery remains… why are large, rather aggressive dogs roaming around. That is rather scary.
This is what pit bulls did to a car that was sheltering a cat. So, this was not some mystery monster, but dogs. By the way, the cat survived.