A trio of abandoned pet cases across Lee County

CREATED Apr 2, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee County Domestic Animal Services is looking for the owners of animals abandoned in three separate cases. 

The animals include five puppies left at a Lehigh Acres church, four pets left in a foreclosed home taken over by squatters in Estero and a dog that lacked veterinary care for a tumor that was abandoned near a Buckingham farm.

The first case happened Friday March 28th, when officers went to check on pets left inside a foreclosed home.  Officers removed one dog, two cats and one dead rabbit.  Cruelty charges are pending the results of a necropsy report on the rabbit.
The next happened on Sunday March 30th, when Animal Services was called to pick up five, three-month-old, terrier mix puppies abandoned at a church on Leeland Heights Blvd. in Lehigh Acres  The puppies are in good condition and will be available for adoption through Gulf Coast Humane Society soon.
Finally, on Monday March 31st, residents of a Buckingham farm reported a dog found running with their horses.  Investigators believe the dog was intentionally dumped in the area.  She was of a healthy weight indicating that she was being fed regularly.  However, she suffered from a tumor that would have taken six to eight months to grow to its current size.  A foster home is desperately needed for her following surgery.
Anyone with information regarding the owners of these pets is asked to call Animal Services at 533-7387, ext. 2, or contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  Lee County Domestic Animal Services accepts anonymous complaints.