Published: Apr 02, 2014 12:25 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 02, 2014 5:47 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lee County Domestic Animal Services is looking for the owners of animals abandoned in three separate cases. The animals include five puppies left at a Lehigh Acres church, four pets left in a foreclosed home taken over by squatters in Estero, and a dog that lacked veterinary care for a tumor that was abandoned near a Buckingham farm.

On March 28th, officers went to Pino Vista Way to check the conditions of pets left inside a foreclosed home. Neighbors reported there were no utilities and squatters had taken up residence in the vacant house. After receiving no response from a notice posted at the property, officers removed one Yorkshire Terrier, two domestic cats, and one deceased rabbit. Cruelty charges are pending the results of a necropsy report on the rabbit.

On March 30th, Animal Services was called to pick up five, 3-month-old, terrier mix puppies abandoned at a church on Leeland Heights Blvd. The puppies are in good condition and will be available for adoption through Gulf Coast Humane Society soon.

Finally, on March 31st, residents of a Buckingham farm reported a dog found running with their horses. Investigators believe the dog was intentionally dumped in the area. She was of a healthy weight indicating that she was being fed regularly. However, she suffered from a tumor that would have taken six to eight months to grow to its current size. A foster home is desperately needed for her, following surgery.

Animal Services offers programs and services to pet owners receiving public assistance to prevent any pet from suffering neglect but was never contacted by the owners of these animals. Foster homes and adopters are needed for these and other pets at the shelter.