Published: Jul 28, 2011 11:22 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 12, 2011 11:45 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, FL- A Lee County man is not allowed to adopt a dog from the Lee County animal shelter.
He says it stems from a crime he didn't commit.

"Come here Axle."

Clydle Gulnac is an animal lover.

"They're my family."

For the past 20 years he's been rescuing them from animal shelters.

When Gulnac went to Lee County Animal Services to adopt a new companion, he was denied, citing an arrest in 2002.

Gulnac says, "Then I go to rescue one that's going to be killed, and they tell me I can't do it no more."

Court documents show Gulnac's then girlfriend filed a civil document claiming she was in fear of domestic violence.
This is an excerpt from that report.

Gulnac reads, "There's no injuries noted at the time, no disarray to the house, Debbie was intoxicated.
Final sentence,A verbal argument between co-habitants."

To diffuse the situation, Gulnac says he left the home. Days later, deputies arrested him at work.

He says, "I was only arrested for failure to appear in court."

Almost a decade later he's still paying for it.

"It hurts."

Ria Brown with Lee County Animal Services says, "There's nothing black and white about it, we look at it on an individual basis."

She says they do a background check on everyone looking to adopt an animal.

"Animal abuse would definitely be a negative, some type of abuse against animals."

She doesn't say contempt of court.

Reporter Sarah Pusateri says, "Now other than just looking at the criminal background Animal Control says they also take a look at the adoption application. You can see at the top of this one, it says , we reserve the right to refuse any adoption we find unsatisfactory."

Sarah Pusateri asks, "Mr. Gulnac feels he wasn't given an opportunity to explain his side of the story, would be be willing to hear that side of the story?

Ria Brown with Animal Services says, "Yes, yes,"

He hopes for the puppy's sake, it's not too late.