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Arrest made in the case of Chance the dog's animal abuse

Posted at 3:28 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 12:38:08-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Lee County Sheriff's Office held a press conference Monday afternoon regarding an arrest.

Sheriff Carmine Marceno announced the arrest of 18-year-old Oscar Lee Thompson in connection to an animal abuse case in February.

The dog, in this case, is Deputy Chance. On February 26th in Lehigh Acres deputies responded to a call about a dog with his mouth taped shut. Upon arrival, Chance was near death.

Thompson remains in jail and is charged with Conservation-Animals (Torture & Inflicting Pain, Serious Physical Injury or Death).

The Sheriff credits an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip and "old fashioned" sheriffs work.

Thompson was due in court at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, and his trial has been set for June 24th.

UPDATE: Thompson was released on $5,000 bond overnight