Lee County Sheriff's Office Press Release: LCSO, Hendry County Sheriff's Office to work jointly on animal abuse case

February 18, 2020

Shortly after 1:30 pm on Sunday, February 16, 2020, the Lee County Sheriff’s office received a call for service regarding an injured dog on the Lee County/Hendry County border.

The caller was riding an ATV in the area when he discovered the injured animal along the eastern bank of the canal that runs parallel to Hines Avenue near East 17th Street.

The dog, later identified as “Ruby,” was found with what appeared to be a bullet wound to the head and an exit wound below the jaw.

A spent bullet casing was located at the scene and has been submitted into evidence.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services transported the dog, still alive at the time, to a local animal hospital.  The dog was subsequently euthanized due to the severity of the injury.

“I spelled it out, across the county, on billboards.  If you abuse an animal, you’re going to jail,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno.  “I will not tolerate this.  We have located and arrested numerous animal abusers and this individual is next in line.”

At this time, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a joint investigation with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office as we work to find the person responsible for this heinous felony.

“I’ve been in contact with Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden,” added Sheriff Marceno.  “We will be working jointly with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office and we will devote any and all resources to making an arrest in this case.”

Should you have any information regarding this incident, you are asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 477-1000 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

All callers to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.
Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.
Additionally, you can download the LEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE app and report directly to Crime Stoppers.

Please direct all media requests to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo credits: Jarrod Salisbury and NBC2