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Sheriff Carmine Marceno

 Stance On Animal Cruelty

In April 2020, Sheriff Carmine Marceno announced an initiative to combat Animal Abuse within Lee County by establishing an Animal Cruelty Task Force, which will continue focusing on educating residents on animal abuse and neglect and enforcing Florida State Statute 828.12. The US Humane Society’s website notes that a study conducted by the Chicago Police Department from 2001-2004 revealed “a startling propensity for offenders charged with crimes against animals to commit other violent offenses toward human victims.” The Chicago Police Department study concluded 65% of individuals that have been arrested for crimes against animals have also been previously arrested for battery on a person. This is just the tip of the iceberg; the US Humane Society’s website informs that animal abuse is one of four predictors of domestic partner violence according to a six-year “gold standard” study conducted in 11 metropolitan cities. As such, Sheriff Marceno has selected experienced detectives to investigate all misdemeanor and felony animal abuse cases within the county. Sheriff Marceno has zero tolerance for animal abuse and will seek justice for those that cannot speak up for themselves.

Message from Tia Torres, the host of “Pit Bulls and Parolees”:

Tia Torres, the host of “Pit Bulls and Parolees” on Animal Planet, expressed her support for the Animal Cruelty Task Force here at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
She said, in part, “When I learned of the efforts being made in Lee County, Florida, by Sheriff Carmine Marceno, to investigate and prosecute animal abusers, I knew that I should lend a helping hand.”

Sheriff Carmine Marceno created the Animal Cruelty Task Force to help protect those that cannot protect themselves. Since its implementation, it has been incredibly successful.
Tia Torres went on to say, “I applaud Sheriff Carmine Marceno for the creation of the Animal Cruelty Task Force.”
Thank you, Tia, for your continued support. Together, we will help combat animal abuse and neglect everywhere.

What Is Animal Abuse Or Neglet

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  • Animal Hoarding
  • Dogfighting
  • Adequate Food / Water
  • Medical / veterinary care
  • Excessive Breeding / Overcrowding
  • Livestock
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IS RUBBING YOUR DOG’S NOSE IN HIS “MESS” AN EFFECTIVE FORM OF REDUCING INDOOR ACCIDENTS?Many of us have done it. We arrive home to find that Fido urinated or defecated on the kitchen floor. After our difficult day at work, we now have to wipe up the mess.So, we grab him and push his face into or near the mess…usually shouting “no” or “bad boy” simultaneously.According to multiple experts, including the American Humane Society, this method is not only ineffective, but rather damaging to your relationship with your furry friend.Before all else, it is important to recognize that dogs do not instinctively relieve themselves outside. Initially, the concept of urinating/defecating in a specific location must be taught to them. Their only instinct, in regard to relieving themselves, is to avoid doing so where they sleep. This is the concept that makes crate training effective.By rubbing your dog’s nose in the mess, you will only teach your dog to fear you. For accidents that occurred earlier in the day, your dog may begin to associate your anger with his desire to greet you when you arrive home. Most of us dread the thought of creating a fearful environment for our fur babies. Additionally, this approach is more likely to hinder your training than help it.In the case of puppies, please remember that they have yet to develop the ability to completely control their bladder. Punishing an animal for an anatomical accident is rather unfair.Back to the concept of crating your dog…Remember, dogs will do anything and everything to avoid relieving themselves where they sleep. Only when they are no longer able to avoid urinating or defecating in their crate will they do so.Crating, along with frequent walks outside and rewards/positive attention when they are completely finished relieving themselves, works most efficiently.Older dogs may have lost their ability to fully control themselves, as well. If your adult dog suddenly begins to have accidents inside of the home, it is more likely a medical issue than a behavioral issue. These accidents, if ongoing, should prompt you to visit your veterinarian.#Lt_hope #lcso_actf ... See MoreSee Less
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LEELA...THE ORANGE CATA fascinating article posted by "Psychology Today" magazine in September of 2020 presented a theory that orange cats are perceived to be more friendly and affectionate. Hmmm.Additionally, a 2015 article entitled, "Human Perceptions of Coat Color as an Indicator of Domestic Cat Personality" reported that their study showed that "participants (n = 189) were more likely to attribute the trait 'friendliness” to orange cats,'" seemingly confirming this perception."Leela" fits the bill! If you have room in your heart and in your home, Leela is patiently waiting for you at the Cape Coral Animal Shelter located at 325 SW 2nd Avenue in Cape Coral...or call 239-573-2002 for additional information.#Lt_hope #lcso_actf ... See MoreSee Less
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CANE TOAD POISONING: FAST AND FATALThey’re called Cane toads, Bufo toads, Marine toads and, sometimes, Giant Neotropical toads. They are non-native toads found throughout South Florida.Cane toads were introduced to the South Florida region in the 1930s as a means of controlling agricultural pests in sugar cane.As we walk our dogs, or release them to run free in our yards, there is little likelihood that we will see a well-camouflaged toad resting in the grass or beneath shrubbery.Your dog, motivated by prey drive, lunges and grabs hold of the toad. There is little that you can do at this moment.Cane toads are not protected in Florida except by anti-cruelty law and can be removed from private property and humanely killed year-round. It is important to differentiate between the Cane toad and the Native Southern toad…a toad that is beneficial to our ecosystem.Captured cane toads may not be relocated and released. If handling Cane toads, wear latex/nitrile gloves and consider protective eyewear.These toads, when sensing danger or threat, secrete a toxic substance onto its back (Bufotoxin). Once a dog makes contact with this substance, it is quickly ingested/absorbed through the gums/mouth, respiratory system or eyes. Cane toad eggs also contain Bufotoxin and can harm/kill your pet(s).Depending upon the method of contact the type of toad, the toxin blocks sodium channels in nerves in a way much like anesthesia.Signs of exposure usually involve a brick-red mucous or increased salivation. They usually occur within minutes of exposure. Your dog will likely begin to paw at his/her mouth and begin to show signs of disorientation, stumbling, loss of balance and, potentially, seizures. Some dogs begin breathing rapidly, vomit and/or have diarrhea.There is no antidote for these toxins. Treatment involves IMMEDIATELY flushing the dog’s mouth with a large volume of water and bringing the animal to a veterinarian for emergency care. Toxins can cause death within 15 minutes!#Lt_hope #lcso_actf ... See MoreSee Less
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ANIMAL SHELTER/RESCUE SUPPLIESThroughout the year, the Lee County Sheriff's Office Animal Cruelty Task Force collects much-needed supplies for our local shelters and rescues.Hurricane Ian served to increase the number of animals in care and, as a result, increased the need for supplies.If you are able to help, please drop off any of the following supplies at the Lee County Sheriff's Office Miromar Outlets Community Outreach Center located at 10801 Corkscrew Road, Suite 190, in Estero:Towels (cloth and paper), blankets, washcloths, disinfectant, disinfectant wipes, trash bags (13 gallon and 55 gallon), mops, buckets, squeegees, bleach, sponges, scrub pads, laundry detergent, Dawn dishwashing liquid, dog and cat toys (especially toys for “heavy chewers”), harnesses, potty pads, dog and cat food (unopened, please), puppy/kitten replacement milk, cat litter, litter boxes, leashes, pet-grooming supplies, large Nylabones, Kong toys, ZuPreem FruitBlend Flavor with Natural Flavors Bird Food, ZuPreem Pure Fun Parrot & Conure Bird Food, Higgins Sunburst Gourmet Blend Bird Food, Tropical Carnival Gourmet Food (Macaw), Isopropyl alcohol, Hydrogen peroxide, garden hoses and spray nozzles, baby bottles with 0-3 month nipples, pet crates (any size), stainless steel food and water bowls, nylon brooms, cat scratch pads, cat towers, latex and non-latex gloves, home-improvement store gift cards, distilled water and hand sanitizer. ... See MoreSee Less
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