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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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