- Florida, USA -
““I am sickened by the fact that this dog was left outside in a prong collar,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno.”
That is how a Facebook post by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office started announcing the arrest of 32-year-old CARMEN MELENDEZ (pictured below).
Less than 50 minutes ago, the Sheriff’s Office wrote that on December 7, 2020, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Task Force responded to a residence in the 500 Block of Wyoming Road in Lehigh Acres about a dog at large.
Sgt. Najarro found two dogs tethered in the backyard of the home without shelter.
One of the two furbabies had on a prong collar and was tied to a tree.
During the investigation, Sgt. Najarro learned that MELENDEZ had bought a prong collar and put it on her dog in an attempt to keep him from escaping the yard.
MELENDEZ surrendered the dog to Lee County Domestic Animal Services.
According to the Sheriff’s Office post, Animal Services had difficulty removing the collar, as it had become embedded in the dog’s neck and the poor dog suffered from multiple puncture wounds.
The veterinarian who examined the furbaby determined the injuries were consistent with neglect and could have been prevented.
As a result of the injuries the dog suffered, on December 15, an arrest warrant was issued for MELENDEZ.
The cruel female was located by Lee County Sheriff deputies on Thursday, January 28, and was placed under arrest.
MELENDEZ was booked into the Lee County Jail on aggravated animal cruelty charges.
Sheriff Marceno said: “I cannot be more clear: Anyone who harms an animal in Lee County, whether intentional or by neglect, will go to jail.”
I do believe in Sheriff Marceno, unfortunately the animal abusers he puts behind bars are left to walk free by judges who do not hand down severe punishments.