FORT MYERS, Fla.- Two abused puppies, Bella an Blaca, who were allegedly dragged and kicked down a Cape Coral street are now ready for new homes. The two ten-week-old pit bull puppies were treated for their injuries and have healed sufficiently to be placed up for adoption according to Lee County Domestic Animal Services’ veterinarian.
LCDAS is now taking adoption applications and hopes to find a family who can adopt both puppies. Anyone wishing to submit an application may do so online at www.leelostpets.com or fill out an application at the shelter at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers. The puppies will be available for viewing during adoption hours from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
On April 1st, a McDonald’s employee called 911 when she saw a man dragging and kicking two puppies down the street. When Cape Coral Police Officers arrived Pedro Moreta of 4322 Palm Tree Blvd. was arrested. He is still being held in the Lee County jail. Moreta is charged with felony animal cruelty which is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. Lee County Domestic Animal Services was called to take the puppies for medical treatment.
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.