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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 Neglect

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  • Animal Hoarding
  • Dogfighting
  • Adequate Food / Water
  • Medical / veterinary care
  • Excessive Breeding / Overcrowding
  • Livestock
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“WOOF WALK,” SMILES AND BELLY RUBSOn the final Wednesday of each month, the Animal Refuge Center brings a caucus of canines to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Miromar Outlets Community Outreach Center.While all such events are fun and provide an opportunity for shelter dogs to socialize and stretch their legs, September’s Woof Walk was a show-stopper!Vala, Ozzie, Ken and Boomerang found ways to “out-cute” one another, attracting shoppers, tourists and store staff from all directions.Woof Walk is an incredible opportunity to introduce these fur-babies to potential adopters, to improve their social skills, to get a bit of extra exercise and, mostly, to make people smile.Ken, whose goal was to receive a belly rub from every human being in Estero, spent a good part of the day on his back with paws pointed upward!Miromar Outlets, aside from being a wonderful place to shop, has been exceptionally welcoming to all of our furry friends! Most stores are pet-friendly and the the outlet’s management has gone above and beyond the call to assist the Lee County Sheriff’s Office with our efforts to find homes for homeless shelter animals, to help us gather much-needed animal shelter supplies and to conduct events designed to benefit our county’s shelters. Items such as cleaning supplies, dog and cat toys, cat litter and food, leashes, collars, harnesses, potty pads, bleach, Dawn dishwashing liquid, dog and cat treats (unopened, please), puppy and/or kitten replacement milk, stainless steel food bowls, cat scratch-pads and towers and home improvement store gift cards are greatly appreciated and enormously helpful!Those interested in donating supplies for our local shelters are encouraged to drop them off at the LCSO Miromar Outlets Community Outreach Center (Suite 190) or at Vineyard Vines Miromar Outlet (Estero), located in Suite 307 at the Miromar Outlets.#Lt_hope #lcso_actf ... See MoreSee Less
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HAVE YOU CONSIDERED FOSTERING A HOMELESS DOG OR CAT?Fostering an animal often proves to be an incredibly rewarding and satisfying activity. In addition to helping an animal to learn social skills or to learn to be around other pets, fostering often saves the lives of animals likely to be euthanized.All food and health costs are covered...no cost to you! We simply need your compassion, your care and your home!Interested in fostering? Do you wish to be the bridge between homeless and home?Please email Gary Levine at glevine@sheriffleefl.org.#Lt_hope #lcso_actf ... See MoreSee Less
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www.sheriffleefl.org/lee-county-sheriffs-office-animal-cruelty-task-force-newsletter-september-2023/LEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ANIMAL CRUELTY TASK FORCE NEWSLETTER: SEPTEMBER 2023 ... See MoreSee Less
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