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Dog found with mouth taped shut in Lehigh Acres

Posted: 9:48 AM, Feb 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-28 19:05:07-05
Deputies searching for dog abuser

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Investigators want to know who is responsible for taping shut a dog's mouth in Lehigh Acres.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services was called to the area of the 3200 block of 42nd Street SW on Tuesday after a neighbor saw a Florida Cur roaming the area with red electrical tape around it's mouth.

"He couldn't breath, he was hyperventilating and drooling through the mouth. It kept on hyperventilating I was scared it was gonna die," said Raysa Fernandez, who called DAS after the dog showed up in her back yard.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the dog was dehydrated, appeared malnourished and was bleeding from wounds on his left arm and chest.

They are seeking community assistance in an attempt to identify the dog and the dog’s owner.

"If you duct tape a dog's mouth shut there's only one place for you and that's jail," said Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno in a video message posted to Facebook.

The dog has been seen by a veterinarian and is resting comfortably at Lee County Domestic Animal Services.

Anyone with information is asked to call either the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 477-1000 or submit information anonymously to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-(800) 780-TIPS.