Published: Nov 21, 2012 7:03 PM EST
Updated: Nov 21, 2012 11:09 PM EST

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- Lee County Domestic Animal Services and the Lee County Sheriff's Office are investigating a disturbing case of animal cruelty.

"I just don't know what kind of person would do something like that, it is really horrific," said Dakota Matsumoto.

As Dakota Matsumoto and his father left their house off Homestead road this morning, an extremely disturbing sight caught the teenagers eye.

"Right off to the side of the road there was a dog hanging from a tree with a leash attached to the collar," said Matsumoto.

A medium sized gray and silver terrier mix was hanging lifeless from the neck.   

"It looked like it had struggled because there were bushes wrapping around it and vines," said Matsumoto.

 Lee County Domestic Animal Services says they think the dog was hung alive.

The Sheriff's office is also investigating. Whoever did this could face a $10,000 fine and a Felony charge. 

"Obviously someone who is doing this to an animal is capable of doing this to pretty much to any living being that's out there," said Domestic Animal Service's Glenn Johnson.

Domestic Animal Services says it's investigated 6 suspicious dog deaths this year. Just this past week someone allegedly drowned a K9. Four months ago one person suffocated their dog in Pine Manor. But down homestead lane, neighbors have strong words for whoever took this dogs life.

"Atrocious, you have got to kind of be sick in the head to do something like that," said Kenneth Summerall.

"If they start off with animals, sometimes they will start messing with humans like that," said Kenneth Summerall Sr..