Update: reward offered in abused pit bulls case

CREATED Feb. 5, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - An anonymous person has donated $5,000 as a reward for anyone who offers information leading to the arrest of the person who abandoned two sick pit bulls outside Lee County Domestic Animal Services early Tuesday morning. 

The two dogs were extremely emaciated and covered with wounds and scars. 

The male was too weak to stand. 

"He's in very poor condition," said veterinarian Nicole Ferguson.  

According to video cameras, one female and one male dog were abandoned at 4:15 am.

The cameras captured the image of what appeared to be a black male, approximately 5 feet, ten inches tall, possibly wearing an Atlanta Braves baseball cap, leave the canines and drive off.  An employee discovered the dogs around 6:30 am. 

Ria Brown, public information officer at LCDAS, said the man could face charges of abandonment. Animal Services is investigating the matter because abandonment is a violation of state law.

"The person brought them to a shelter but brought them when we were closed," said Ria Brown, public information officer at LCDAS. "They also should have brought them somewhere to get help long before they got in this condition."

The male is about 25 lbs. underweight and the pressure sores and caked feces on his body suggest he has been laying in this condition for days to weeks, Ferguson said.  

The female is about 20 lbs. underweight and possibly pregnant.

Both dogs tested positive for heartworms.  A good foster home or adopter may be needed for these dogs to get the care they require to recover.
 
Anyone who recognizes these dogs or has information regarding their owner 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 and information.