Golden Retriever found with bullet wound to the head and an exit wound below the jaw in Lehigh Acres
- Florida, USA -
Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is working jointly with Hendry County Sheriff’s Office on a heartbreaking case of animal cruelty.
On Sunday early afternoon, February 16, the LCSO received a call regarding an injured dog on the Lee County/Hendry County border.
The caller, Mr. Jarrod Salisbury, discovered the injured Labrador Retriever along the eastern bank of the canal that runs parallel to Hines Avenue near East 17th Street.
While waiting for officers to arrive, Mr. Salisbury tried to keep the pup as comfortable as possible.
He gave her water and the poor soul was so thirsty that she emptied out his cooler.
When authorities arrived, they discovered that the furbaby was microchipped, and her name was Ruby.
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 found at the scene and has been submitted into evidence.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services transported the furbaby to Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital where she was sadly euthanized due to the severity of the injury.
Sheriff Carmine Marceno with the LCSO said: “I spelled it out, across the county, on billboards. If you abuse an animal, you’re going to jail.” “I will not tolerate this. We have located and arrested numerous animal abusers and this individual is next in line.”
Reporter Joe Putrelo for NBC 2 said that some information led to a person in Naples, registered as the last one to be Ruby’s parent.
Reportedly, this person told Putrelo that he sold Ruby to a friend of a friend.
An emotional and tearful Mr. Salisbury said that the person responsible for this needs to be found and held accountable. He added animals are voiceless and we need to be their voice.
Sheriff Marceno has been in contact with Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden.
They have joined forces to investigate this case so that the individual(s) responsible for this atrocious crime can be brought to justice.
Both Sheriffs have vowed to devote all resources available to making an arrest in this case.
We have to do our part also.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 477-1000 or SWFL 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 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.
*Voice For Us believes that not reporting animal cruelty is the same as committing it!*