Published: Nov 25, 2013 10:31 AM EST
Updated: Nov 25, 2013 11:57 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lee County Domestic Animal Services is searching for the suspect who abandoned a dog that had suffered months of neglect.

On Wednesday, Animal Control Officers were called to pick up an abandoned dog in Estero. The 10-month-old, male, yellow labrador retriever was left in the area and found by a resident on Lazy D Farm Road. He was suffering from a severe case of mange and scabbing over its body and head. Animal Services’ veterinarian determined it would have taken months of neglect to reach its current state.

Anyone with information leading to the owner is asked to contact Animal Services at 239-533-7387. The owner could potentially be charged with a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and up to one year in jail. 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.