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LCSO: Fort Myers man facing animal cruelty charge

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Posted at 9:19 AM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 09:19:41-05

FORT MYERS, Fla — A Fort Myers man is being accused of bludgeoned and disposing of a cat.

29-year-old Antonio Rodriguez is charged with violation of Florida Statute 828.12(2) Aggravated Animal Cruelty.

Investigators say the Lee County Sheriff's Office received a complaint on Friday of animal cruelty towards a cat at an address off of Clear Lake Loop in Fort Myers.

LCSO detectives were able to obtain a search warrant and Crime Scene Technicians.

They say blood was located on a wall inside the home, and it was determined to be from an animal.

The investigation led detectives to Rodriguez as a suspect.

Investigators say Rodriguez bludgeoned and disposed of the cat.

He was arrested and booked into the Lee County Jail.

He is being held without bond, pending his initial court appearance.

“This violent act against a defenseless animal is sickening,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno.

“You have my word: my team will continue to protect those who don't have a voice. Anyone who intentionally harms an animal will go to jail.”