- Florida, USA -
According to the press release by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday, November 6, deputies received a report of animal cruelty towards a cat.
At approximately 11:45 p.m., detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Task Force, Criminal Investigations Division, and Crime Scene Unit responded to a residence in the Lago Del Sol Apartment complex off Clear Lake Loop in Fort Myers.
LCSO detectives executed a search warrant for the residence.
Detectives and Crime Scene Technicians examined the scene and found blood on a wall inside the property.
Investigators determined that the blood belonged to an animal and learned that 29-year-old ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ (pictured below), had bludgeoned a defenseless cat and then disposed of the furbaby.
The murderer was arrested and charged with violation of Florida Statute 828.12(2) Aggravated Animal Cruelty.
RODRIGUEZ was booked into the Lee County Jail and is being held without bond, pending his arraignment scheduled for December 7.
Sheriff Carmine Marceno takes animal cruelty very seriously and I believe he would make a great judge because no matter how he feels about animal cruelty, ultimately, it’s judges who have the last word.
We all know too well how many judges are still taking animal cruelty too lightly.
Sheriff Marceno said: “This violent act against a defenseless animal is sickening. You have my word: my team will continue to protect those who don't have a voice. Anyone who intentionally harms an animal will go to jail.”
Back in September I sent an email to Judge David C. Koenig to ask him, among other things, why in Florida certain animal cruelty offences are only a misdemeanor and others are a felony.
As of today, I have not heard back from him.