Published: Jan 31, 2014 10:35 AM EST

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lee County Animal Services is looking for the person who abandoned and sick, elderly dog at Judd Park, a dog park in North Fort Myers, on Tuesday.

A visitor found the abandoned, female, pug mix, wearing a sweater alone in the park. The approximately 7-year-old dog was also left with its bed. Lee County Domestic Animal Services was notified. In the meantime, the Good Samaritan took her to a nearby Animal Hospital. Animal Services later transported her to Specialists in Veterinary Services where she was found to have an inoperable tumor that had ruptured. The canine could not be treated for her condition and had to be humanely euthanized.

Animal Services has initiated an investigation into this abandonment under State Statute 828.13(3) which states “any person . . . who abandons . . . any animal in a street, road or public place without providing for the care, sustenance, protection, and shelter of such animal is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.” If found guilty, the offense is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 and/or imprisonment.

“There is absolutely no excuse for an animal to go hungry or not receive necessary veterinary care with the services Lee County Domestic Animal Services has available to Lee County residents and their pets. The Animal Care Trust Fund, supported by private donations, was established for this very reason. Providing your pet with veterinary care should be the only option rather than the alternative of facing abandonment and cruelty charges,” stated Donna Ward, LCDAS Director.

Anyone who recognizes this dog or has information regarding her owner is asked to call Animal Services at 533-7387, ext. 2, or contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Lee County Domestic Animal Services accepts anonymous complaints.