FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputies arrested 52-year-old Ana Torres on Tuesday after allegedly leaving her injured dog in a crate to die, after it had been hit by a car.
A Lee County Animal Services officer and and a Lee County deputy visited Torres' home, located at 4948 S. Galaxy Dr., while checking the entire area for rabies, license and other violations. Officers say that, when asked, Torres said she did not own any canines, but later retracted her statement, saying that she had one dog and a second dead dog in her backyard.
According to the incident report, Torres gave the officers permission to view the dogs. That's when they saw a black and brown, male, Yorkshire terrier dead in a crate. Dried blood was seen on a blue and white pad the dog was laying on. They say there was also a large, aggressive, white and black pit bull confined in a man made kennel.
Torres allegedly told officers the Yorkshire terrier died yesterday, having been hit by a car. She said she picked the canine up and placed him inside the crate while he was still alive. Torres claimed she knew the dog was injured, but had to get to work, so she left the canine in the crate. When she returned home, the dog was no longer alive.
Torres was arrested and charged with Animal Cruelty. She was also cited for rabies shots and Lee County tags for the adult white and black pit bull with 30 days to comply.
Torres signed over custody of the dead canine Yorkshire terrier to Lee County Animals Services.