LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- Lee County Domestic Animal Services is searching for the man accused of throwing a blind dog with a broken leg from a pickup truck into the yard of an abandoned house in Lehigh Acres yesterday.
An LDAS officer arrived on the scene and transported the young, male, Florida Curr with a broken front leg to the shelter. Animal Services’ veterinarian determined that the break had actually occurred several weeks earlier. In addition to other wounds and abrasions, it appeared to have an eye injury which also left it blind.
The witness described the vehicle as an older model, black or brown, Chevy Silverado with a camper top. (The picture shown is of a similar vehicle.) He was unable to see the license plate number. The dog was thrown into the yard of 4737 13th Street SW. Animal Services is asking anyone who may have any information leading to the owner of the dog or vehicle to call 239-533-7387 ext. 2 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.
Unfortunately, the dog’s injuries were too severe and he was humanely euthanized.
“This dog suffered unimaginable pain for weeks with an exposed leg bone. A total lack of veterinary care contributed to an appalling level of neglect and cruelty that this, still affectionate, dog endured,” stated Lt. Tony Backhurst, LCDAS Supervisor of Field Operations. “We are depending on the public’s help to solve this crime,” he added.
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.
“Anyone who is unable to provide care for their pet is urged to contact Lee County Domestic Animal Services for options available to low income pet owners or owners receiving public assistance. It is never acceptable to abandon an animal,” reminds Donna Ward, LCDAS Director.