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Man arrested for three counts of aggravated animal cruelty in Lehigh Acres

Animal abuse
Posted at 10:31 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 10:31:08-05

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — The Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in Lehigh Acres about an animal incident.

A witness told Deputies she saw Jose Luis Ortiz, 46, covered in blood and cleaning the remains of a duck off his back patio. She approached Ortiz, who became violent and started strangling one of his dogs.

Ortiz then grabbed a garden hose and began to drown the animal.

The witness immediately grabbed Ortiz’s other dog and ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911.

When Deputies arrived, they observed that Ortiz’s back patio was soaking wet.

During their search, deputies located a deceased dog, duck, and cat inside a trashcan.

Detectives learned that Ortiz drowned two animals and bludgeoned the third during their investigation.

Ortiz was placed under arrest and charged with three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.