Published: Jul 31, 2013 10:27 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 31, 2013 11:34 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Two Lee County men have been cited in separate bestiality cases.

Dennis Griffin of 4169 Pine Drop Lane, was cited by Lee County Animal Services under the County’s Ordinance for an incident which occurred in October 2012. Thomas Linville, a transient, was charged under Florida State Statute for his actions on July 20. Both cases involved witnesses who reported the incidents to authorities.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office issued a search warrant to remove Griffin’s dog from his possession and Animal Services was subsequently awarded custody of the dog. Linville chose to surrender his dog to Animal Services.

Bestiality is prohibited by both Lee County Ordinance and Florida State Statute. Lee County’s Ordinance states “it shall be unlawful for any person to molest or penetrate an animal or use the body parts of an animal for sexual gratification.”

Animal Services considers crimes of this nature to be particularly cruel and disturbing and will investigate any leads for ultimate prosecution.

Anyone with information regarding animal abuse is asked to call Animal Services at 239-533-7387. To be eligible to receive a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible, contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.