Starved dog recovered in Cape Coral

Posted at 1:10 PM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-07 13:10:39-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Lee County Domestic Animal Services is seeking information needed to locate the owner of a disturbingly emaciated dog found in Cape Coral last week.

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According to Animal Services, the brindle-and-white male pit bull, about 4 years old, was found February 29th at Skyline Boulevard and Trafalgar Parkway in Cape Coral.

Abel, as he is now being called, has been sent to the Big Hearts for Big Dogs rescue for continued care and rehabilitation until he can be adopted. 

Lee County Ordinance requires pet owners to provide adequate food that is uncontaminated, wholesome, palatable, and of sufficient quantity and nutritive value to maintain the normal condition and weight of the animal. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Animal Services at 239-533-7387 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.

Donations to the Lee County Animal Care Trust Fund to assist with the care and rehabilitation of pets such as Abel may be sent to 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, 33912. For more information about the Trust visit or call 239-533-7387.