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The Naples Police Department arrested 24-year-old MARIEL PALOMINOCAMPOS, 38-year-old ERNEST AUGUSTIN, and 42-year-old YUNIESKI CAMPOSHARTMAN (all pictured).


On the early afternoon of Sunday, July 7, 2024, Officers were dispatched to the area of the Naples Pier after a report was filed regarding a city ordinance violation related to dogs on a beach and animal cruelty.


The reporting party advised that she saw two people pulling a beach cart up the beach with several dogs in it. She also saw several people approach those with the cart and offer them water. After speaking with a few beachgoers, the reporting party learned that the duo with the cart were trying to sell the puppies.


When Officers arrived at the scene, they saw three individuals, later identified as PALOMINOCAMPOS, AUGUSTIN, and CAMPOSHARTMAN, walking on the beach with a wagon covered by a blanket.


One of the Officers stopped the trio, lifted the blanket, and just like it was reported, she found several puppies inside. As stated in the affidavit, the blanket was being used to hide them but ultimately it was just depriving the puppies of fresh air. That day Naples was under a heat advisory.


In the wagon, the Officer found one adult female Maltese dog, and five Maltese puppies, one female and four males. The Officer promptly realized that two of the puppies were in distress and near unresponsive from a possible heat related injury or sickness with shallow breathing.


Immediately, the Officer placed the puppies into her police vehicle with the air conditioner on high. Thankfully, after approximately twenty minutes, the puppies seemed to recover.


Collier County Domestic Animal Services were called in and the responding Officer took all of the Voiceless Victims to a shelter for medical evaluation.


The Naples Police Department tells me that “following examination by Collier DAS staff, all of the dogs are healthy, exhibiting normal behaviors, with no signs of heat distress. All of the dogs have been vaccinated and micro chipped by Collier DAS staff following their examinations.”


The investigation determined that the trio “unnecessarily overloaded and deprived the dogs of necessary sustenance or shelter in a cruel manner.” As stated in the affidavit, the trio had the “ability to stop, provide the dogs water or shaded shelter, but none chose to do so.”


PALOMINOCAMPOS, AUGUSTIN, and CAMPOSHARTMAN were placed under arrest and charged with animal cruelty torment/deprive/mutilate/kill any animal, a misdemeanor of the first degree.


At the time of writing, records show that the trio were released after posting bond and their arraignment is slated to take place on July 31, 2024, at 8:30 a.m.


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Mugshots shared from the Collier County Sheriff's Office


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Judy A Canon
Judy A Canon
Jul 10

Thanks to everyone involved in saving these precious innocent souls. The three mobsters must never be allowed around any animals!

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